The OPEC+ alliance descended into bitter infighting after a key member blocked a deal at the last minute, forcing the group to postpone its meeting and casting doubt on an agreement that could ease a surge in oil prices.
Equatorial Guinea has taken the decision to postpone its Africa Oil & Investment Forum (AOIF) and exhibition, which had been due to take place on June 1, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Oil extended the longest winning streak in more than four months before OPEC and other producing nations start reducing output to stabilize the market.
Kazakhstan said it may offer to freeze its oil output at last month's level at talks between Opec and non-Opec producers in Vienna later today.
OPEC clinched a deal to curtail oil supply, confounding skeptics as the need to clear a record global crude glut -- and prove the group’s credibility -- brought about its first cuts in eight years, Bloomberg News reports.
After weeks of often tense negotiations, OPEC ministers gathering in Vienna expressed renewed optimism about salvaging a deal to cut oil production and prop up global prices.
It’s coming down the wire.
Oil traded near a three-week high as OPEC members sought to reach an agreement on output cuts.
Iraq will offer three new proposals at the upcoming OPEC meeting in Vienna to implement an oil output cut, according to reports.
Saudi Arabia didn’t threaten to increase its oil production if other OPEC members wouldn’t agree to make cuts, said the group’s top official.
The OPEC countries claiming exemption from a deal to limit oil production increased output by almost half a million barrels last month, potentially jeopardizing the group’s agreement unless other members deepen their own cuts.
OPEC’s internal disagreements over how to implement oil-supply cuts agreed to last month prevented a deal to secure the cooperation of other major suppliers.
OPEC ended its first day of meetings in Vienna without reaching a deal on country quotas, delegates who took part in the talks said.
OPEC’s effort to secure cooperation of non-members in a global deal to curb crude output will roll on from Istanbul to Vienna, with Russia on board but growing internal differences over sharing the burden of cuts.
OPEC has said production could be cut by a further one percent at a meeting next month in Vienna.
OPEC flipped its forecasts for rival supplies in 2017, predicting an increase in output from outside the group instead of a decline, the latest sign that the global surplus is persisting.
OPEC meetings aren’t what they used to be.
OPEC plans to stick to its policy of unfettered oil production after members failed to agree on a new output ceiling, according to a delegate at the group’s meeting in Vienna.
Oil prices have tumbled ahead of a crunch meeting between members of the Opec cartel, with hopes for an agreement to cut production fading.
For more than two decades, the people of Vienna have witnessed a peculiar ritual that’s been a firm fixture of OPEC’s regular gathering: the Saudi oil minister’s morning stroll.
Global oil demand is catching up with supply and the market should see a “rebalancing” in the second half of the year as cheaper crude has forced some production to close, Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammad Al Sada said.
A month after promising co-operation that would re-balance global oil markets, the producer coalition forged by Saudi Arabia and Russia is having difficulty taking its first step.
Oil traded near the lowest close in more than six years as speculation OPEC will keep markets oversupplied countered a drop in US crude stockpiles. Futures slipped 0.5 percent in New York after closing 9.5 percent lower in the four days since OPEC’s Dec. 4 decision to effectively abandon its output target. The exporters’ group raised production in November to a three-year high, according to its monthly report. US stockpiles along the Gulf Coast fell the most since December 2012, according to government data Wednesday. Refiners typically drain tanks to reduce their tax burden, which is determined by year-end levels.
On Friday, OPEC concluded its 168th Meeting of the Oil Production and Exporting Countries Conference, with members agreeing to effectively abandon the 30 million barrel per day (mmbbl/d) production limit which has been in place since 2011. Brent crude, the international standard benchmark, fell some 3.23% on Monday to the lowest front month futures price since late 2008.
It’ll take more than $40 crude to make OPEC change its mind, analysts said before the group’s Dec. 4 meeting in Vienna.