Opec+ may hold extraordinary meeting in October if oil market worsens

17 Sep 2020 / 23:50 H.

MOSCOW/LONDON/DUBAI: Opec+ could hold an extraordinary meeting in October if oil markets weaken further, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said on Thursday, according to an Opec+ source.

Brent oil prices extended their gains to trade up 3% on the news, above US$43 per barrel.

Prince Abdulaziz was speaking at a closed-door meeting of Opec and its allies, led by Russia, which pressed for better compliance with oil output cuts against the backdrop of falling crude prices as uncertainty reigns over the global economic outlook.

The group, known as Opec+, warned that rising Covid-19 cases in some countries could curb energy demand despite initial indications of a decline in oil stocks, according to a draft press release and internal document seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The panel of major producers, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, did not recommend any changes to their current output reduction target of 7.7 million barrels per day (bpd), or around 8% of global demand, according to a draft press release and an internal report.

Opec+ has been reducing production since January 2017 to help to support prices and reduce global oil stockpiles. They increased their cuts to a record 9.7 million bpd from May to July after demand plunged due to the coronavirus crisis.

The panel, however, pressed laggards such as Iraq, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates to cut more barrels to compensate for overproduction in May-July while extending the compensation period from September to the end of December, according to three Opec+ sources.

"Full compliance is not an act of charity. It is an integral part of our collective effort to maximize the interest and gains of every individual member of this group," Prince Abdulaziz said as he opened a key Opec+ panel, known as the joint ministerial monitoring committee, sitting beside the UAE Energy Minister Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui.

The ministerial panel said it was concerned about the rise in the cumulative overproduction, which has reached 2.38 million bpd from May until August, according to the report. – Reuters

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