|2020-03-24 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
洪伟立 摘译自 路透社
African producers feel pain of lower oil prices
African oil producers are early collateral damage in the dispute between major oil producers, as they now scramble to re-adjust budgets tied to the price of crude.
A collapse in talks between Opec members and non-Opec members led by Russia earlier this month saw crude oil futures fall to their lowest levels since 2014, with Brent falling below $30 per barrel.
About 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa produce oil, which accounts for most of their annual export income. These include Nigeria, Angola, South Sudan and Gabon among others. Current national budgets are built around a dollar price in the $50-$60 range for most of them.
Many oil producers were already hurting as the volume of crude sales fell in February, as major customer China drastically curtailed purchases as it struggled with the coronavirus that cut deep into energy consumption.
In early March, Bloomberg reported that about 70 per cent of April-loading cargoes from two of Africa’s largest producers Angola and Nigeria, had yet to find buyers.