Oil optimism unwinds rushed storage deals

London/New York/Singapore — When the world economy slammed on the brakes in 2o20, there was a rush to store a wave of unwanted crude and products, but rising prices and optimism about demand is spurring a swift unwinding of storage contracts.

At the end of February, the volume of refined products held on stationary tankers for over 10 days stood at 19.2-million barrels, down 77% from a peak of 84-million last May, IHS Markit estimates show.


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