Brent was down 31 cents at $43.03 a barrel by 1219 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 34 cents to $40.85.
Both contracts are on monitor for weekly positive factors of about 10% this week, the primary rise in three weeks.
Brent’s six-month contango, a market construction the place the front-month Brent futures are buying and selling at a reduction to later contracts implying present oversupply, has shrunk to round $1.90 a barrel from $3.24 lower than a month in the past.
Norwegian oil firm and labour officers mentioned they’d meet with a state-appointed mediator on Friday in an try and carry an finish to a strike.
An escalation might nearly triple the prevailing outage if no answer is reached by Oct. 14, taking the whole capability lower to about 934,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day.
“It goes without saying that a resolution to the conflict would pull the rug from under bulls’ feet,” PVM analysts mentioned in a be aware.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Delta has shut 1.67 million barrels per day, or 92% of the Gulf’s oil output, probably the most since 2005 throughout Hurricane Katrina. Producers have additionally halted almost 62% of the area’s pure gasoline output, or 1.675 billion cubic toes per day.
“We believe we are soon in for an oil price correction when the Norway strike is resolved and when the hurricane in the US goes away… These $40+ price levels are as fragile as glass,” Rystad’s Head of Oil Markets, Bjornar Tonhaugen, mentioned.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries mentioned on Thursday world oil demand will plateau within the late 2030s and will by then have begun to say no.