This statistic illustrates the price development of the crude oil grade UK Brent for the period between October 2012 and October 2013, in monthly average values. Brent is the world's leading price benchmark for Atlantic basin crude oils. It is used to price two thirds of the internationally traded crude oil supplies. In April 2013, the price of one barrel UK Brent crude oil was approximately 102.3 U.S. dollars.
UK Brent crude oil price
UK Brent is the most significant crude oil benchmark for Europe. Brent crudes originate in the North Sea and include oils from Brent and Forties Oil Field in the United Kingdom, and from Oseborg and Ekofisk oil fields, both Norway. Other names for UK Brent are Brent Crude, Brent Blend, London Brent and Brent petroleum. The name Brent comes from the Brent oil field, located north-east of the Shetland Islands, and thus part of the United Kingdom. Because the Brent oil field already passed its production peak, today the benchmark UK Brent includes oil from the other three major oil fields. Brent, beneath West Texas Intermediate (WTI), is one of the lightest crude oils. With a low content of sulphur, it is ranged among the so called sweet crude oils. Most of the Brent crude oil is refined into gasoline and middle distillates in Northwest Europe.
Other crucial benchmarks for crude oil prices are West Texas Intermediate (WTI), which is especially important for North America, and Dubai Crude (Fateh), which dominates the Asian oil market. Such benchmarks are indispensable for referencing the many types and grades of oil on the global market.
With the exception of the years 2009 and 2010, there was a constant increase in the price for one barrel of UK Brent crude oil in the last decade. For example, the average price per barrel stood at nearly 25 US dollars in 2002. Until 2012, this price increased to almost 112 US dollars. The last year with a price under the mark of 100 US dollars was 2010.