Oil prices to stay below $100 for next decade, says OPEC
Oil prices will remain below the psychologically important $100-abarrel mark until at least 2025, according to a draft report by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), seen by The Wall Street Journal.
In its most optimistic scenario, the cartel of 12 oil-producing countries, forecast that oil will sell for around $76 per barrel in ten years’ time, according to the report.
However, it warned that crude oil could cost as little as $40 per barrel in 2025.
“$100 is not in any of the scenarios,” said a delegate at an OPEC presentation last week in Vienna, according to The Wall Street Journal.
OPEC has refused to cut its output following a 60% crash in oil prices that began in June last year. Brent and WTI crude prices have partially recovered from the lows seen at the start of 2015 to trade at around $65 and $59 per barrel respectively.
The draft report seen by the newspaper recommended that OPEC reintroduce the quota system it largely abandoned in 2011, which limited how much oil each member country could produce.