“What is Aramco?” When asked whether it is an international oil company or a national oil company former Aramco CEO and former Saudi oil minister Ali al Naimi said, “I can tell you – and I’m not biased — that Aramco is no less than Chevron or ExxonMobil.” He had not quite answered the question. “We are a by-product of those companies; and we are different from, say, Kuwait National Oil Company,” Naimi continued.
Crude oil has broken through levels not seen since 2014 and it appears to be entering a new phase, ending the downward super cycle that took crude from above $100 per barrel to under $30, and entering a phase where both supply and demand are expected to grow.
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