Xinhua News Agency, New York, January 22 (Reporter Liu Yanan) International oil prices dropped significantly on the 22nd.

As of the close of the day, the price of light crude oil futures for March delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by US$0.86. It closed at US$52.27 per barrel, a decrease of 1.62%; the price of London Brent crude oil futures for March delivery fell by US$0.69, closing At 55.41 US dollars per barrel, a decrease of 1.23%.

Data released by the US Energy Information Administration on the 22nd showed that US commercial crude oil inventories were 486.6 million barrels last week, an increase of 4.4 million barrels from the previous month.

The data released by the US Oilfield Technology Services Company Baker Hughes that day showed that the number of active oil rigs in the United States this week was 289, an increase of 2 quarter-on-quarter and a decrease of 387 year-on-year. (End)