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Oil Prices Fall, U.S. Crude Infrastructure Survives Storm

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Oil prices dropped in early trade on Friday as the hurricane moved past the heart associated with the U.S. oil industry in Louisiana and Texas, with a storm surge weaker than predicted.

U.S. Texas that is western IntermediateWTI) crude (CLc1) futures dropped 16 cents, or 0.4%, to $42.85 a barrel at the time of 0014 GMT, contributing to losings which are immediately.

Brent(LCOc1 that is crude futures for October, set to expire on Friday, fell 9 cents, or 0.2%, to $45.00 a barrel, even though the more active November agreement slipped 7 cents to $45.53.

Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana early Thursday with 150 mile-per-hour (240 kph) winds, damaging buildings, knocking down trees and cutting power to more than 650,000 people in Louisiana and Texas, but refineries were spared from feared flooding that is massive.

“Unless there clearly was any damage that is lasting oil production infrastructure, it will never be described as a surprise to see oil trade down a bit after the storm as harm evaluation continues,” AxiCorp market strategist Stephen Innes said in a note.

U.S. producers had shut 1.56 million barrels per of crude output, or 83% of the Gulf of Mexico’s production, while nine refineries had shut around 2.9 million bpd of capacity, or 15% of U.S. processing ability, ahead of the storm time.

Late on Thursday, the Port of Houston, the top U.S. crude oil export hub accounting for approximately 600,000 barrels per day of deliveries, was in the process of reopening to shipping that is commercial Thursday. The earlier closures of Houston Port, Beaumont and Port Arthur were anticipated to lessen seaborne export that is crude by almost 1 million bpd, information intelligence firm Kpler estimated, in accordance with average figures over the past four months.

In refining, Exxon Mobil Corp (N:XOM) was preparing to restart units at 369,024 bpd Beaumont, Texas refinery, sources knowledgeable about plant operations stated. Oil prices dropped in early trade on Friday as the hurricane moved past.

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