上周，勘探公司重新在美国部署了更多的钻井平台，因为停滞的油价促使该行业缩减活动。据贝克休斯公司(Baker Hughes Co.)上周五公布的数据，美国油田的活跃钻井平台数量减少了3个，至180个。
王佳晶 摘译自 彭博社
Oil Holds Near $43 as Laura’s Passing Brings Virus Back in Focus
Oil was little changed near $43 after the hurricane threat in the Gulf of Mexico eased and traders refocused on the broader outlook for demand as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hamper an economic recovery.
Futures in New York were stable, after easing 0.2% on Friday. Crude rose 1.5% for a fourth weekly gain last week as Laura shut in 84% of offshore production. Yet while the system was one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit Louisiana, facilities in southeast Texas avoided the worst of the storm, allowing infrastructure there to start the recovery process.
Meanwhile, the virus refuses to loosen its grip in some parts of the world. India recorded its biggest daily spike in cases, while there’s also been a surge in infections in upstate New York.
Refiners on the U.S. Gulf Coast halted around a third of gasoline and diesel production as Laura approached, yet the market impact was relatively muted. West Texas Intermediate crude futures started the week at $42.48 a barrel and ended it close to $43.
Explorers returned to parking more rigs in the U.S. last week as stagnant oil prices pushes the industry to curtail activity. The number of active oil rigs in U.S. fields fell by three to 180, according to Baker Hughes Co. data released Friday.