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Saudi Arabia’s price push for oil market dominance in Asia

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21 April 2020

Saudi Arabia’s price push for oil market dominance in Asia

Report summary

The April 12 agreement on OPEC+ production cuts was quickly followed by Saudi Arabia announcing steep discounts on the official selling prices (OSP) for its crude exports for May into Asia. The move is a clear indication of the country’s strategic goal of ensuring its crude remains highly competitive in its most important markets and of its intent to protect Asian market share against competing supplies from the US, Russia and Africa. With the steepest discounts, Asia will benefit most. As fierce supply competition drives discounts, the region’s struggling refiners must take full advantage of the abundant crude options to maximise their margins.

Table of contents

  • Asian crude slates to change as competition intensifies
  • Saudi pricing set to secure market share
  • What this means for Russia’s pricing strategy in Asia
  • Asian refiners set to be the big winners

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  • Why Asia matters - export market share for key producers (2019)

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