VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 25, 2018) – Virginia has a bit more to celebrate with gas prices continuing to decline. The current average price in the Commonwealth is $2.61, which is a five cent drop from last week, a 15 cent decrease since last month, but still 58 cents higher than last year. Gas prices have consistently been declining since Memorial Day. Gas prices may be poised to drop even more following OPEC’s announcement that the cartel will increase production by 1 million b/d in the second half of 2018. However, that number may be revised closer to 600,000 b/d, as there is speculation that some producers – including Libya, Venezuela and Iran – will not be able to meet the quota increase. Regardless, the production increase is expected to decrease crude prices and in turn drive down gas prices later this year.
“The OPEC production increase will help to offset concerns of shrinking global supply caused by high global demand this year,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “For drivers in Virginia, pump prices likely will not see an impact immediately. Changes, most likely, are anticipated to hit pump prices late summer or early fall.”
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI increased $3.04 to settle at $68.58. Oil prices trended higher last week as the market digested OPEC’s announcement and analyzed its potential impact. This analysis is likely to continue influencing prices this week to determine if the supply increase will help to stabilize global crude prices.
In other news, the U.S. lost one oil rig last week, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., bringing the total number of rigs to 862. However, there are still 104 more rigs now than a year ago at the same time.
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
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