OPEC OIL PRODUCTION UP: 32.12 MBD
AOG - The rise in crude production, despite the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries joining hands with a Russia-led group of 11 non-OPEC oil producers, to extend the production cut deal till March next year, is being attributed to a sharp recover of output in Libya and Nigeria – the two OPEC members that were exempted from complying with the pact, according to Platts.
Despite the high compliance from the cartel's biggest producer and de facto leader Saudi Arabia, as well as from Angola, output jumped from the two excepted OPEC members, and Iraq continued to under-comply significantly, increasing its production in May, the Platts survey showed.
According to the survey, Nigerian output increased last month to 1.73mn bpd, up by 80,000 bpd from April, and the highest level since March 2016, due to the restart of Forcados crude exports. According to Platts shipping data, two Suezmax tankers fully laden with crude oil set sail from Nigeria's Forcados terminal at the end of May.
In Libya, crude output increased by 180,000 bpd to 730,000 bpd in May – the highest level since October 2014 – with the giant Sharara field resuming production, and exports from both key eastern and western ports rising steadily.
Expectations are that output from Libya and Nigeria will continue to rise in the summer, which will be, for OPEC, a 'tricky period in its attempt to accelerate the market's rebalancing', Platts said.
While production at OPEC's no1 producer Saudi Arabia dropped to 9.93mn bpd in May, down 40,000 bpd from April, output at the cartels no 2 producer – Iraq – increased, by 70,000 bpd to 4.43mn bpd in May, the Platts survey found.
Iraq continues to apparently disregard the output cut deal, and its compliance in the first five months of the deal is 70%, one of the least-compliant producers, according to calculations by Platts.
OPEC's no.3 producer Iran – which was allowed to slightly raise and cap output at 3.797mn bpd in the deal – was just below that level, at 3.78mn bpd in May.
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AN - China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) is willing to invest $3 billion in its existing oil and gas operation in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Sunday following a meeting with the Chinese in Abuja.
REUTERS - Production at Libya’s giant Sharara oil field was expected to fall by at least 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) on Saturday after two staff were abducted in an attack by an unknown group, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said.
IMF - Output grew by 3.8 percent in 2017, underpinned by a resilient non-hydrocarbon sector, with robust implementation of GCC-funded projects as well as strong activity in the financial, hospitality, and education sectors. The banking system remains stable with large capital buffers. Growth is projected to decelerate over the medium term.
IMF - Higher oil prices and short-term portfolio inflows have provided relief from external and fiscal pressures but the recovery remains challenging. Inflation declined to its lowest level in more than two years. Real GDP expanded by 2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of last year. However, activity in the non-oil non-agricultural sector remains weak as lower purchasing power weighs on consumer demand and as credit risk continues to limit bank lending.