IFP develops three oil price scenarios for 2004-05

Faced with lofty world crude oil prices, reflecting a perception of tight fundamentals and threats to supplies, Paris-based Institut Français du Pétrole recently examined how the situation might evolve over the next 18 months.These higher oil prices also have sparked the first signs of inflation in oil-importing countries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, IFP observed.The decisive factors influencing prices, noted IFP, are growth in demand, the rate of utilization of production and refining capacities, and outside factors such as geopolitics, winter weather conditions in the Northern Hemisphere, and hurricane development in the Gulf of Mexico.What...

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