Oil producers to extend cuts to rebalance market

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Oil producers are expected to unanimously extend a production cut accord later this month but its duration is being discussed, the UAE energy minister said yesterday.

“I think this group of committed and responsible producers came together… and I think they will continue to do what it takes to take us to the next level,” United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suheil al-Mazrouei told an international oil conference in Abu Dhabi.

He said 158 million barrels of surplus crude oil remain on the market and “we need to reduce that – which means there is a potential for extension”.

Mazrouei said there was near-unanimity among the 24 OPEC and non-OPEC producers which agreed a year ago to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day.

He added that he had “not heard anyone” speak of allowing the extension to expire, although the duration of the new extension would be “subject to discussion”.