OPEC and allies agree to end oil production cuts completely by September 2022 – .

OPEC and allies agree to end oil production cuts completely by September 2022 – .

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud speaks via video link during a virtual emergency meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC countries at the following the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on April 9, 2020.
Saudi Press Agency | Reuters
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its non-OPEC allies on Sunday reached an agreement to phase out 5.8 million barrels per day of reduced oil production from ‘by September 2022. Coordinated easing of oil cuts for the group, known as OPEC +, will begin in August, OPEC said in a statement.
Overall production will increase by 400,000 barrels per day on a monthly basis from then on. The International Energy Agency estimates a deficit of 1.5 million barrels per day for the second half of this year, indicating a tight market despite the gradual increase in OPEC supply.

The 19th OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting noted that global oil demand was showing “clear signs of improvement and declining OECD stocks, as economic recovery continued in most countries. regions of the world ”thanks to the acceleration of vaccination programs.

An unprecedented stalemate

The deal follows a temporary but unprecedented blockage that began in early July and saw the United Arab Emirates reject a coordinated oil production plan for the group led by its kingpin Saudi Arabia. While the 13-member organization had previously seen disagreements, it was the first public split between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which are close allies.
Abu Dhabi had demanded that its own “benchmark” for crude production – the maximum volume it is recognized by OPEC as being capable of producing – be increased because that figure then determines the size of production cuts and quotas. which he must follow in accordance with the group’s production agreements. . Members reduced the same percentage of their baseline, so having a higher baseline would allow the UAE a larger production quota.

Sunday’s deal revealed base increases for a few of OPEC’s member states from May 2022, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait. Abu Dhabi’s baseline for oil production will drop from 3.16 million barrels per day to 3.5 million barrels per day. Saudi Arabia’s will drop from 11 million to 11.5 million barrels per day.

UAE’s support for the deal was evident in the opening statement by UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazroui.

“We appreciate the constructive dialogue we have had with His Highness and OPEC,” Al Mazroui told reporters during a press call, referring to Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz Bin Salman. “I confirm that the UAE is committed to this group and will always work with it and within this group to do our best to achieve market balance and help everyone. The United Arab Emirates will remain a committed member of the OPEC alliance. “


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