Light crude surplus spins world oil trade compass

The world is increasingly saturated with hitherto scarce high-quality light crude with Europe’s market to join the United States in a surplus, traders say, predicting a scramble to export to Asia and a global shortage of once abundant heavy oil.

The shale oil boom has pushed U.S. production to the highest in more than 15 years and sharply cut its appetite for oil from Nigeria or Algeria as most of its domestically produced barrels are similarly light and low-sulphur, or sweet.

Now, it is Europe’s turn to feel the same impact even without a U.S.-style shale boom.

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