JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Organization Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) agreed to cut oil output by 9.7 million barrels oil per day, representing around 10 percent of global supply, to support oil prices amid the COVID-19, said the organization on Sunday (04/12). Russia led the non-OPEC members on the extraordinary meeting held on Sunday (04/12).
The 10th (Extraordinary) OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting led byPrince Abdul Aziz Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’ minister of energy, co-Chair Alexander Novak, Russia’ minister of energy, Mohamed Arkab, Algeria’ minister of energy and president of the OPEC Conference
The members reaffirmed the commitment of the participating producing countries in the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ to a stable market, the mutual interest of producing nations, the efficient, economic and secure supply to consumers, and a fair return on invested capital.
In view of the current fundamentals and the consensus market perspectives, and in line with the decision taken at the 9th (Extraordinary) OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, all Participating Countries agreed to:
- Reaffirm the Framework of the DoC, signed on 10 December 2016 and further endorsed in subsequent meetings; as well as the Charter of Cooperation, signed on 2 July 2019.
- Adjust downwards their overall crude oil production by 9.7 mb/d, starting on 1 May 2020, for an initial period of two months that concludes on 30 June 2020. For the subsequent period of 6 months, from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020, the total adjustment agreed will be 7.7 mb/d. It will be followed by a 5.8 mb/d adjustment for a period of 16 months, from 1 January 2021 to 30 April 2022. The baseline for the calculation of the adjustments is the oil production of October 2018, except for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and The Russian Federation, both with the same baseline level of 11.0 mb/d. The agreement will be valid until 30 April 2022, however, the extension of this agreement will be reviewed during December 2021.
- Call upon all major producers to provide commensurate and timely contributions to the efforts aimed at stabilizing the oil market.
- Reaffirm and extend the mandate of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee and its membership, to closely review general market conditions, oil production levels and the level of conformity with the DoC and this Statement, assisted by the Joint Technical Committee and the OPEC Secretariat.
- Reaffirm that the DoC conformity is to be monitored considering crude oil production, based on the information from secondary sources, according to the methodology applied for OPEC Member Countries.
- Meet on 10 June 2020 via videoconference, to determine further actions, as needed to balance the market.
Oil prices have collapsed as the epidemic locked down economies around the world, decimating fuel demand and Saudi Arabia and Russia flooded the market in a price war. In a compromise hammered out with President of America, Donald Trump, had offered to cut an additional 250,000 bpd on Mexico’ behalf.
OPEC+ made its commitment to cut a record 10 million bpd conditional on Mexico’ agreement. It said, the producers will slowly relax curbs after June, although reductions in production will stay in place until April 2022.
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