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Unrest in Egypt unsettles the oil market

Unrest in Egypt unsettles the oil market

The BBC's Jon Bithrey investigates how the uprising in Egypt is pushing up the price of oil.

February 2, 2011 1:31 by

Despite reassurances from the Suez Canal Authority, Brent crude oil topped $100 a barrel on Monday for the first time since 2008 on concerns that Egypt’s protests could lead to the closure of the Suez Canal and disrupt oil supplies.

Egypt is not a major oil producer, yet its Suez Canal is a strategic oil transit route, which carries around two million barrels of oil a day.

Many fear that demonstrations could spread elsewhere in the oil-rich Middle East, including major oil producers like Libya and Algeria.

Read more: LNG trade unlikely to see major impact if Suez Canal closes; UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Source: BBC

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