OPEC Sees Oil Rebalancing In Offing … As Inventories Crashes

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has expressed satisfaction that its oil cut deal  is significantly helping to rebalance the global oil market and that higher demand in the rest of  this year would lead to higher reductions in oil inventories.

Mohammad Barkindo secretary general of the body in a speech said It is clear the rebalancing process is under way, supported by the high conformity levels of OPEC member countries and participating non OPEC countries.The OPEC and other producers, including Russia are reducing crude output by about 1.8 million barrels per day until next March in a bid to reduce inventories and support prices.

“It is clear the rebalancing process is under way, supported by the high conformity levels of OPEC member countries and participating non OPEC countries,” Barkindo said in a speech. Barkindo was in Oxford to attend an energy seminar where he observed that oil inventories are coming down onshore, and oil held in floating storage has been declining since June.

As well as the supply cut, a rise in demand of close to 2 million barrels a day in the second half of the year relative to the first will help get rid of excess oil in storage.

“This boost in demand will contribute to further reductions in commercial inventories,” Barkindo said. Ministers are now discussing extending the supply cut for at least three more months beyond March, before OPEC meets again in November.

The supply cut helped boost crude prices above $58 a barrel in January, but prices have since slipped back to around $54 as the effort to clear a supply glut has taken longer than expected.

 

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