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The shutdown fueled concern over global supplies as freezing temperatures test wafer-thin fuel stocks in the United States.
U.S. light crude futures for February delivery fetched $35.69 a barrel, up 62 cents, after earlier hitting a new 10-month peak at $35.90, the highest level since the U.S invasion of Iraq (news - web sites) in March. London Brent crude futures rose 45 cents to $31.02 a barrel.
"Energy markets continue to take support from a strong fundamental picture, with OPEC (news - web sites) statements and a deadly blast at the Skikda LNG plant in Algeria adding fresh price-positive news," said Barclays Capital in a market comment