Gulf’s Oil Price Web Scraping in R

Gulf states to gain $1.3 trillion in additional oil revenue by 2026: IMF.

  • The gains, due to high oil prices, are expected to provide ‘firepower’ to the region’s sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), one of the largest in the world.
  • Saudi’s PIF is chaired by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. It has invested over $620 billion in total. Out of these, $7.5 billion alone were invested in US stocks during the second quarter, when the share prices were relatively low. PIF bought stocks of Amazon. PayPal, and BlackRock, among others, according to the report.

Let’s discuss the basics of sourcing oil market price data for free online. Webscraping in R is a technique to retrieve large amounts of data from the Internet.

We’ll be scraping data on Gulf’s oil prices from the Oil Price website and converting it into a usable format.

Let’s install the R version 4.1.2 (2021-11-01) of the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. It is available within the Anaconda IDE.

Let’s set up the working directory YOURPATH


and install the following packages via CRAN

type = “binary”
install.packages(“rvest”, type = “binary”)

install.packages(“tidyverse”, type = “binary”)

install.packages(“ggpubr”, type = “binary”)

We need the following libraries





The relevant R webscraping script is given by

url <- “; webpage <- read_html(url) print(webpage) value <- webpage %>%
html_nodes( css = “.last_price”) %>%
name <- webpage %>%
html_nodes(., css = “td:nth-child(2)”) %>%
html_text() %>%
.[c(41:72, 74, 76:77, 79, 81:82, 84:85, 87:89, 91, 94:96, 98:99, 101:103, 105:107, 109:112, 114:116, 118:120, 122:124,
126:128, 130:131, 133, 135:142, 145:160, 162:164, 166:167, 169:170, 172, 174,
176:178, 180:182, 184:186, 188:189, 191, 193:196, 198:199, 201:213)]

name1=append (name, NA, after=138)
name2=append (name1, NA, after=139)
name3=append (name2, NA, after=140)

prices <- tibble(name = name3,
last_price = value)


prices10 <- tibble(namex = name10,
last_pricex = value10)

tabprices10=table(prices10$namex, prices10$last_pricex)

Let’s create the basic scatter plot

df <- data.frame(brand=prices10$namex,

brand price
1 Al Shaheen – Qatar 88.77
2 Iraq 95.02
3 Basrah Heavy 96.07
4 Basrah Medium 8.361
5 Saudi Arabia 3.617
6 Arab Extra Light 86.19
7 Arab Heavy 95.28
8 Arab Medium 66.49
9 Nigeria 93.53
10 Brass River 82.50

ggbarplot(df, “brand”, “price”,
fill = “steelblue”, color = “steelblue”,
label = TRUE, lab.pos = “in”, lab.col = “white”)

Gulf's oil price chart

This chart is crucial for competitive pricing. In order to keep prices of your products competitive and attractive, you need to monitor and keep track of prices set by your competitors. If you know what your competitors’ pricing strategy is, you can accordingly align your pricing strategy to get an edge over them.

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