SVB Energy International in the Media 2022

Oil Market, OPEC Production, JCPOA and Iran's Return to the Oil Market

CNBC, June 8, 2022 - Dr. Vakhshouri discussed oil market, lack of refinery capacity, OPEC Production, JCPOA and Iran's Return to the Oil Market, in an interview with CNBC

Why OPEC might decide to take a break from its alliance with Russia

NPR's Marketplace, June 1, 2022 - That is, until Russia invaded Ukraine, he added. Since then, Russia has been missing its oil production targets. And if it’s not hitting its quotas, it’s not of much use to OPEC, said Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy International. “Because Russia cannot make its commitments — and also the policies of Russia are not in line with OPEC’s agreement — then it might be a perhaps a good solution for OPEC to have Russia out,” Vakhshouri said.

Vakhshouri: Higher Oil Prices Due to Russia-Ukraine War

Bloomberg: May 8, 2022 - Sara Vakhshouri, Founder and President at SVB Energy International discusses oil price volatility caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. She speaks with Yousef Gamal El-Din on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg)

What impact will the US ban on Russian oil imports have on Putin's invasion?

ABC News: March 10, 2022 - Energy strategist Dr Sara Vakhshouri explains how the US ban on Russian oil imports won't put too much of a strain on the Russian economy, but that coordinated Western bans on Russian oil could see crude spike to 300 US dollars per barrel.

What does hitting pause on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline mean for Europe’s energy supply?

NPR's Market Place: February 23, 2022 - Europe is trying to transition away from coal. And crude oil. It already relies on Russian natural gas to supplement its wind and solar power. “Russian gas is the cheapest and most available supply,” said Sara Vakhshouri, who runs SVB Energy International. She said Europe could buy more liquified natural gas from Qatar or even the U.S. But LNG comes with shipping and liquefaction costs. “The whole process is more costly than just exporting the natural gas from Russia to Europe in [a] pipeline,” she added.

Russia-Ukraine tensions are pushing up oil prices

NPR's Market Place: February 14, 2022 - According to Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy International, that’s not much comfort to the oil market right now. “The market is very sensitive to any factor that could interrupt the supply because the market is already tight,” she said. The global economy has been reopening after the pandemic lockdowns and many parts of the world have had cold winters, so demand is strong.

As nuclear talks resume, Iran's oil exports increase

India Today: February 11, 2022 - Crude exports reached 1.085 million bpd in January, based on SVB estimates, up from 826,000 bpd in December. SVB has not seen a big difference from January exports to date in February. "I don't think it can go much higher without a waiver," said Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB.

Iranian crude exports rise above 1 million bpd - trackers

Reuters: February 10, 2022 - January's exports are the highest since waivers were stopped by the Trump administration, she said. The waivers had granted exemptions for certain buyers of Iranian oil and these were stopped in 2019.

$100-a-barrel oil may soon be a reality — and stick around

NPR's Market Place: January 19, 2022 - Supply couldn’t shut down fast enough at the start of the pandemic, and now it can’t keep up with reemerging demand. Policymakers can also try to dampen oil demand. But according to Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy, that’s the scarier part of the equation. “If Biden’s administration and U.S. Federal Reserve decides to control inflation, if they hit the breaks very fast, then we’re going to have a severe economic slowdown,” Vakhshouri said.

Shrinking spare capacity leaves oil market exposed to geopolitics, supply risks

S&P Global Platts: January 19, 2022 - "The failure of an Iran nuclear deal not only prevents Iran's additional production capacity from entering the market, but it could also interrupt its current supplies in the market," said Sara Vakhshouri, president of energy consultancy SVB Energy International. "Tensions in the Middle East also pose a significant threat to both oil and natural gas supplies and prices."--