The director of the Oil Refining & Gas Processing Department at the Ministry of Energy RF, Anton Rubtsov said on January 2021:
- Scenario conditions [imply] the range of oil prices from the lower to the upper limit - from $45 to $80 per barrel.
- This is a very significant range that allows us to see the boundary conditions in order to determine the measures, our actions in a particular scenario.
Yet long-term oil price forecasts are notoriously unreliable because of the sheer number of unforeseen events that can occur during that time.
Yet the rally has been tempered by worry about the resurgence of the coronavirus in China, highlighting yet again the central importance of China for international oil markets.
Banks, meanwhile, are also getting optimistic about the oil industry: lenders expect further price improvement as the pandemic subsides this year, which would, in turn, boost oil and gas revenues and reduce the number of loans in distress, Natural Gas Intel reported earlier this week.
Of course, any further price recovery hinges on OPEC+ keeping the lid on production growth at least over the short term as much as it hinges on the hoped-for improvement in fuel demand after the pandemic.