Iran has asserted that no OPEC member can take over its share of oil exports. This has created a quandary, as only OPEC producers in the Arabian Gulf have crude available with a sulfur level above 0.5 percent, matching Iran’s sour crude.
Oil prices haven’t changed much over the past week. Brent Crude fell slightly below $80 per barrel for the first time in a month and settled at $79.78 per barrel by the week-ending close on Friday. WTI also fell slightly below $70 per barrel for the first time since mid-September and settled at $69.12 per barrel by the end of the week.