Crude Awakening: Iran's Oil Revenue Jumps 90% After Lifting of Sanctions

© REUTERS / Raheb Homavandi/FilesA gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, in this July 25, 2005 file photo
A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, in this July 25, 2005 file photo - Sputnik International
After the removal of sanctions Iranian oil revenue has increased by 90 percent, IRNA news agency reported.

In this Dec. 22, 2014 file photo, an Iranian oil worker makes his way through Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran. - Sputnik International
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According to government statistical data, currently Iran is exporting 1.7 million barrels of crude a day, which would result in $21 billion a year at the current prices. Before the sanctions were lifted Iran’s annual oil revenues were around $12 billion.

Before the sanctions were introduced, Iran exported 2.3 million barrels of oil a day. The sanctions reduced the figure to 1 million barrels.

The economic sanctions against Iran were lifted on January 16, by both the US and the European Union. The move came amid oversupply in the global oil market, with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refusing to cut down its daily output.

After the sanctions were removed shipments of Iranian crude have resumed to Europe, including Greece, France and Spain. Before the sanctions 30 percent of Iranian-made oil was delivered to Europe. Currently, Iran ships over 500,000 barrels of crude a day to the European market.

Iran also expects to take a share in the Asian market, especially in India, Asia’s fastest-growing oil consuming market.

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Meanwhile, oil prices fell on Monday. Investors fear that the upcoming meeting in Doha on freezing oil output would not stabilize the global crude market.

Earlier in the day, the Brent benchmark crude was trading 0.36 percent down, at $41.79 a barrel. WTI futures dropped by 0.58 percent, to $39.49 a barrel.

"Prices will move back and forth this week on expectations for Doha. This morning it seems that speculation is being scaled back again," Commerzbank senior oil analyst Carsten Fritsch told Reuters.

According to Barclays’ analysts, the meeting in Doha will have a limited impact on the global crude market because a number of countries that can increase output are unlikely to agree on the cap.

"A production freeze at recent production levels would not accelerate the rebalancing of the oil market as OPEC (excluding Iran) and Russian production levels have this year remained close to our 2016 average annual forecast of 40.5 million bpd," Goldman Sachs experts said.

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At the same time, BMO Capital Markets analysts revised their outlook for oil prices for 2016. They lowered their Brent and WTI forecasts to $41 and $38 a barrel respectively, down from the $45 and $41.5 previously estimated.

Global oil prices plunged from $115 to less than $30 per barrel between June 2014 and January 2016, hitting their lowest levels since 2003 amid an ongoing glut in global oil supply. The slump has caused significant financial problems for many oil exporting countries.

The meeting in Doha is expected to finalize the Doha deal reached by Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze oil production at January levels throughout 2016.

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