SAUDIS OIL WILL DOWN
BLOOMBERG - Saudi Arabia expects to reduce oil output once again in February and pump for six months at levels "well below" the production limit it accepted under OPEC's oil-cuts accord, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said.
The world's biggest exporter targeted production of 10.2 million barrels a day in January and is aiming to pump about 10.1 million in February, he said. Saudi Arabia's voluntary limit under the December cuts deal with Russia and other producers was 10.33 million barrels a day.
"Saudi Arabia will be well below the voluntary cap that we agreed to" and will pump beneath its ceiling "for the full six months" of the December cuts accord, he said in a Bloomberg Television interview in Riyadh.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia, a coalition known as OPEC+, agreed to pare production starting this month in an effort to buttress sagging oil prices. Crude futures have gained this year as Saudi Arabia leads the way in curbing output amid a surge in U.S. shale-oil supplies. Benchmark Brent crude was trading 42 cents higher at $60.35 a barrel at 10:37 a.m. in Dubai.
"Demand will start picking up at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter," Al-Falih said. The impact of OPEC+ output reductions "will trickle down into the global markets over the next few weeks."
The U.S. is currently "way oversupplied" with its own output and with oil from other Western hemisphere producers, Al-Falih said.
"So, as we look at the oil market, and we see it in the price differentials, it's really not rewarding us to export a lot of oil to the U.S. And as a result, as we make adjustments, it makes commercial sense that that's the market that gets the majority of our cuts."
Saudi Arabia and like-minded countries are determined to drive inventories below the five-year historical average, he said. "We're going to do it by ensuring that supply is below demand for 2019."
It's still unclear what effect political turmoil in Venezuela will have on crude markets, Al-Falih said. Output from the South American OPEC member has languished amid escalating tensions between forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro and those supporting opposition National Assembly leader Juan Guaido.
2019, January, 21, 11:50:00
OPEC CONFORMITY LEVEL 98%
OPEC - The JMMC calls on all participating countries of the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ to redouble their efforts in the full and timely implementation of the supply adjustments to ensure that the oil market remains in balance in 2019.
2019, January, 18, 10:45:00
OPEC PRODUCTION DOWN 751 TBD
REUTERS - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report that its oil output fell by 751,000 barrels per day (bpd) in December to 31.58 million bpd, the biggest month-on-month drop in almost two years.
2019, January, 9, 11:15:00
OPEC OIL PRODUCTION DOWN 630 TBD
PLATTS - OPEC crude production in December tumbled 630,000 b/d month on month, an S&P Global Platts survey of industry officials, analysts and shipping data showed Tuesday, but the organization still has much more cutting to do to reach its new quotas for 2019.
2019, January, 9, 11:10:00
SAUDI'S OIL PRODUCTION DOWN 400 TBD
MEOG - Saudi Arabia reportedly cut its crude production by more than 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in December 2018. Saudi crude production sat at 10.65 million bpd (mbpd) that month, down from 11.07 mbpd in November.
2018, December, 26, 07:40:00
ОПЕК + РОССИЯ: МИНУС 2.5%
МИНЭНЕРГО РОССИИ - Принято консолидированное решение о совместных действиях с коллегами из ОПЕК и не ОПЕК по сокращению добычи на 2,5% для стран ОПЕК и 2% для стран не ОПЕК.
2018, December, 26, 07:25:00
OPEC: 26 MBBL SURPLUS
AN - “Based on available figures, we have around 26 million barrels of surplus ... compared to 340 million barrels in early 2017,” Al-Mazrouei told a press conference in Kuwait City.
2018, December, 21, 14:35:00
SAUDIS NEED $84
PLATTS - Saudi Arabia will require oil prices higher than $84/b to avoid running another deficit, analysts warned after the kingdom announced on Tuesday record government spending in its state budget for 2019.