Algeria proposes 1.1 million barrel OPEC cut
ALGERIA has proposed that OPEC members cut 1.1 million barrels of daily oil production to boost prices, Iran’s Shana news agency reported.
Members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are due to meet tomorrow in Vienna to discuss capping production.
At a meeting in Algiers in September, the 14 members agreed to work towards a cut of between 500,000 and 1 million barrels.
“The Algerian government has proposed a 1.1 million barrel per day cut in OPEC’s total output,” Energy Minister Noureddine Boutarfa said after meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran.
“We are hopeful that the next OPEC meeting will save the oil market of the current crisis,” he said.
Mr Boutarfa also called for nonOPEC members such as Russia to cut their output by 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) – also slightly higher than earlier proposals – saying that falling oil prices were hurting the global economy and “must be stopped”.
He said the cuts could push prices up to US$60 per barrel by the end of the year.
A global supply glut has sunk oil prices below $50 – more than half their level just two years ago – threatening the economies of major producers such as Saudi Arabia.
There have been growing doubts among analysts on whether a deal could be finalised.
Iran has refused to cut production until it regains its pre-sanctions levels of output, although OPEC members agreed it could be exempted from any deal, along with Libya and Nigeria.
Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said he was optimistic an agreement would be reached in Vienna this week.
“The course of events and talks indicates that OPEC can reach a sustainable deal regarding its output and market management,” he said, according to Shana. –