2008-06-24 02:59:43 GMT 2008-06-24 10:59:43 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
A station attendant fills up a car at petrol station in Jeddah June 22, 2008. Crude futures continued to climb up Monday as the supply worries outweigh Saudi Arabia's promise to boost output. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
NEW YORK, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Crude futures continued to climb up Monday as the supply worries outweigh Saudi Arabia's promise to boost output.
Light, sweet crude for August delivery topped 138.14 U.S. dollars a barrel before retreating to settle at 136.74 dollars a barrel, trading up 1.38 dollars, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
A global energy summit meeting led by Saudi Arabia ended Sunday with the Saudis promising to boost its daily oil production from 9million barrels to 9.7 million barrels. Saudi officials also said the government will invest in oil projects to allow a daily production of 12.5 million barrels by the end of next year.
But many analysts believed that, with no resolution on other practical steps, the move will not drive down oil prices any time soon. Moreover, the market had already priced in the extra output.
Meanwhile, investors are concerned that a tense situation in Nigeria could potentially disrupt supply from Africa's largest oil producer. Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it can not meet the contractual obligations to export oil from a Nigerian oil field following a militant attack Thursday, and Chevron Corp. was reported to have shut down a oil facility in Nigeria following a militant attack. Also, a strike against Chevron by Nigerian workers began Monday.
The U.S. Congress held a hearing Monday on whether or not further regulation of trading is warranted to curb rising oil prices.
In London, Brent crude for August delivery rose 1.05 dollars to settle at 135.91 dollars a barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange.