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Puma Energy Concerned About Shortage of Forex

by PNG Business News - March 11, 2021

Puma Energy PNG Ltd is concerned about a shortage of foreign currency (forex) to import crude oil in a timely manner, according to country manager and director Hulala Tokome.

The business paid for its crude supplies when forex was available on the market, he said. 

Tokome added that the availability of forex had influenced the crude oil purchase schedule, also commenting on oil prices, citing Platts as a source.

According to Tokome, oil prices for February have been steadily rising.

Platts is a source of benchmark price assessments in the physical energy markets and a provider of energy and metal knowledge.

“Hence, we will have an increase in prices for March as the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) pricing structure is based on Mean of Platts (MOP) Singapore prices for the prior month,” Tokome said. “There is a one month lag on pricing effect. “All eyes will be on the Opec (Organisation of petroleum exporting countries) meeting. Their decision to increase crude oil production or not will determine which direction prices will go. There is strong market optimism around global demand returning on the back of vaccine rollouts.”

Many countries have begun to announce plans to phase out lockdowns, he said, and the warmer weather could help support demand. “With this, prices should continue to trend upwards,” Tokome said.

Brent rates are currently at US$64/bbl (K220.95/barrel of oil), according to Tokome.


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