Oil rose for the first day in three, climbing as much as 59 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $102.15 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude for February delivery was at $101.93 at 10:05 a.m. Sydney time.

A pipeline that would allow oil from the United Arab Emirates to bypass the Strait of Hormuz separating it from Iran has been delayed because of construction difficulties, two people with knowledge of the matter said.