OPEC+ to stick to oil output reduction
Washington's most senior energy, economic, and foreign policy officials were tasked with lobbying Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE to vote against the proposed output cuts
By News Desk - December 03 2022

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Five sources reportedly told Reuters that OPEC+ would stick to its output targets during the upcoming meeting on Sunday, 4 September.

The news comes a day after the Group of Seven (G7) nations announced their price cap for Russian oil, a move sharply criticized by the Russian Federation, which threatened to halt deliveries to Europe completely.

“Starting from this year Europe will live w/o Russian oil. Moscow has already made it clear that it will not supply oil to those countries who support anti-market price cap,” Permanent Representative of Russia to the International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, announced on Twitter. 

In October, OPEC+ announced that it would cut output by at least 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from November to the end of 2023. The Biden administration considered the move a hostile act and announced that it would bear consequences for its allies, such as Saudi Arabia.

The US also accused Saudi Arabia of siding with Russia.

On Friday, Reuters also revealed that further output cuts would remain a possible option for the oil producing bloc in the future.

On 26 November, Saadoun Mohsen, a senior official at Iraq’s state oil marketer SOMO said the OPEC+ decision played an essential role in stabilizing global oil markets, which fear a potential recession in 2023.

Mohsen added that oil markets face “severe fluctuations” due to the effects of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

On 14 November, OPEC cut its global oil demand growth forecast for 2022 for the fifth time since April, based on growing economic challenges such as high inflation and rising interest rates, according to The New Arab news.

“The world economy has entered a period of significant uncertainty and rising challenges in the fourth quarter of 2022,” the report stated.

OPEC anticipates a 2.24 million bpd increase in oil demand for the next year, which is also 100,000 bpd less than anticipated

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