OPEC to debate oil output cut next week
OPEC will debate an oil output cut of 4.0-4.5 percent for all of its members except Libya and Nigeria next week but the deal’s success hinges on an agreement from Iraq and Iran, which are far from certain to give full backing.
Three OPEC sources told Reuters a gathering of experts from the oil producer group in Vienna had decided on Tuesday to recommend that a ministerial meeting on Nov 30 debate a proposal from member Algeria to reduce output by that amount. Such a cut would bring OPEC’s current output down by more than 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), according to Reuters calculations based on the group’s October production, and is towards the upper end of market expectations.
But sources also said the representatives of Iran, Iraq and Indonesia had expressed reservations about their level of participation in what would be the group’s first supply-limiting deal since 2008. Brent oil futures traded flat at $49 per barrel, paring earlier gains of around $1 a barrel. As of 1500 GMT, the meeting had yet to end. In September, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to reduce production to between 32.5 million and 33.0 million bpd - an effort to prop up prices - from its latest production estimates of 33.8 million bpd.