: The surprise OPEC+ oil production cuts will increase gas prices — here’s how much

by | Apr 3, 2023 | Stock Market

Surprise crude oil production cuts from Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries shouldn’t produce worries of skyrocketing gas costs for U.S. drivers still smarting from last year’s pump price shocks, according to fuel industry experts. At a time when gas prices are already increasing because of rising seasonal demand, the slashed crude oil output that Saudi Arabia announced Sunday will translate into higher prices, they say. But compared to last year — when energy markets were absorbing the initial impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — the altitude on those gas price increases may not feel so steep.

On Monday, the national average for a gallon of gas was $3.50, according to AAA. That’s around 10 cents more than a month ago, but almost 70 cents less than the $4.19 average cost one year ago. The effects of decreased oil production could translate into initial price increases of up to 15 cents per gallon, according to two different energy sector watchers. There’s Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

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