Empty gas station at night

Нефть – на мели?

ЛОНДОН – Обычный взгляд на нынешнее падение цен на нефть заключается в том, что мы наблюдаем повторение коллапса 1985-1986 годов, когда Саудовская Аравия увеличила ее производство из-за спора с остальными участниками картеля ОПЕК. Сегодня, рассуждают люди, Саудовская Аравия делает то же самое в ответ на потерю доли рынка в производстве сланцевого дегтя в Соединенных Штатах.

Но есть и другая параллель, которая даже более уместна – и из нее следуют важные выводы в отношении долгосрочного прогноза цен на нефть. Нынешний коллапс напоминает аналогичное падение цен на уголь, – рухнувших с кратковременной высоты в 140 долларов за тонну в 2008 году до примерно 40 долларов за тонну сегодня, – которое привело к тому, что некоторые месторождения оказались «на финансовой мели» – то есть затраты на их разработку превышали потенциальные прибыли.

Это падение было результатом долгосрочной политики в области охраны окружающей среды, в том числе программ, направленных на смягчение изменений климата, что снизило спрос на уголь. Стремление улучшить качество воздуха в Китае, американские требования по выбросам углерода и ртути в атмосферу, удешевление природного газа, а также рост инвестиций в возобновляемые энергоресурсы – все это привело к уменьшению доли угля на энергетическом рынке.

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