Oil Drops Below $100 in London, Hits 1-Year Low in New York


Crude oil prices dropped below $100 a barrel in London and hit a one-year low in New York on Tuesday over heightened Eurozone crisis concerns that sent European stocks plunging.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in November stood at $99.95 in late London deals, down $1.76 compared with Monday's close.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for November, was down $1.77 at $75.84 a barrel. It earlier struck $74.95 -- the lowest level since September 2010.

"Oil futures continue to be under pressure from concern over the Eurozone debt crisis and rising crude supply," said Victor Shum, an analyst at Purvin and Gertz energy consultants.

"One of the main factors affecting oil prices is the (weak) prospect for economic growth, the Eurozone debt crisis and a sluggish US economy," he told Agence France Presse.

Shum added: "Libyan crude production is coming back, better than expected, putting downward pressure on oil."

Oil markets were falling on the speedy recovery of Libya's crude production capabilities after they were disrupted by civil unrest which culminated in the ouster of veteran leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Austrian oil and gas giant OMV said Monday it had received its first delivery of Libyan oil, 575,000 barrels of condensate, since production was halted in March due to the turmoil in the North African country.

OMV added that it expects full production to be back within the next 12 to 18 months.