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OPEC To Stabilise Oil Prices As Market Recovery Move At Snail Pace

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and its allies known as OPEC+ alliance have agreed to ensure oil prices do not plunge steeply again when it meets to set policy at the end of November.

OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo who gave the assurance on Thursday, observed that oil demand has been recovering slower than expected.

Barkindo was answering a question on whether there was room for a planned increase in oil output from January by OPEC+, a grouping that includes OPEC states, Russia and other allies.

“We have to be realistic that this recovery is not picking up pace at the rate that we expected earlier in the year,” he said. “Demand itself is still looking anemic.”

A technical OPEC+ committee meeting is taking place on Thursday to discuss compliance with oil cuts and market fundamentals.
The group had 102% compliance with its cuts in September, two OPEC+ sources told Reuters.

Countries such as Iraq, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, which had fallen short of their commitments, have been asked to make additional cuts until the end of the year to compensate for the shortfalls.

Barkindo said the compensation scheme was working well.

OPEC+ is due to taper production cuts by 2 million barrels per day (bpd), from 7.7 million bpd currently, in January.

The Organisation will meet on November 30 and December 1 to set its policy.