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    Fitch rating agency believes oil prices in the $30 range unsustainable over a protracted period, acccording to a company press release,

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Fitch rating agency finds oil prices in the $30 range unsustainable over a long period of time, according to a company press release issued on Wednesday.

    "Fitch believes oil prices in the current $30/barrel spot range are not sustainable over a protracted period, as they cover cash costs but not the replacement of developed reserves," the release stated.

    Market prices for benchmark Brent and WTI crude dropped to a twelve-year low in mid-January, sliding below the historic level of $30 a barrel.

    The weakening of supply and demand has forced Fitch to lower its oil and gas forecast assumptions for 2016. The rating agency suggested that 2016 oil price will stand at $45 a barrel, while the gas price will be $2.50 a thousand cubic feet.

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