L'articolo è del (Commissario?) Rex Nutting (vedi foto a lato) e si riporta l'opinione di questo mai-sentito-nominare-prima "Government Accountability Office" GAO (immagino che il comunicato arrivi da Pisa......)
Da Reuters di oggi:
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - International petroleum reserves are large and nimble enough to replace all the lost oil capacity in all but the most catastrophic scenarios, the Government Accountability Office said in report released Tuesday.
International reserves and excess capacity - including the 727 million barrel U.S. strategic petroleum reserve - could replace all the oil supply lost from a hypothetical Gulf of Mexico hurricane, or a lengthy strike in Venezuela, or an 18-month embargo of Iranian oil, or a major terrorist attack on oil facility in Saudi Arabia, the GAO said.
But reserves could not replace the lost capacity if the vital Strait of Hormuz were blocked for a month or if all Saudi oil production were shut down for 18 months, the report said.
"The SPR is an extremely valuable asset, and releasing oil from the reserve during oil supply disruptions could greatly reduce the damage to the U.S. economy," GAO said. "The SPR can currently release up to 4.4 million barrels of oil per day--about 44 percent of U.S. daily oil imports--for 90 days, and can release a diminishing amount of oil for an additional 90 days."
If all Saudi production were shut off for 18 months, the average quarterly price of crude oil would likely rise by $54 to $87 per barrel even if the global community threw all its reserves into the market, the GAO said. Saudi Arabia produces about 10 million barrels of crude oil a day.
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