OIL MARKET HEALTH
AB - Oil markets are "healthy," eliminating the need for Saudi Arabia to increase its deeper-than-agreed production cuts, the kingdom's energy minister has said.
Saudi Arabia is leading OPEC and partners including Russia in cutting production to shore up prices.
Oil is up about 30 percent this year after the strongest quarterly performance in five years.
But the group, known as OPEC+, remains committed to reducing an inventory glut which is still 70 million to 80 million barrels too high, Khalid Al-Falih said.
The kingdom will pump about 9.8 million barrels a day in March and April and export less than 7 million barrels daily in both months, Al-Falih said in March.
Saudi Arabia has a production target of 10.3 million barrels a day.
OPEC+ plans a meeting in May to assess the group's compliance. This will be a "key" gathering, Al-Falih said, but it's still "premature" to decide whether they will extend oil cuts into the second half of 2019.
"We are driven by inventories," he said, and OPEC+ will agree on what to do next during its June meeting.
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Oil prices rose to their highest level since November 2018 on Monday, driven upwards by OPEC’s ongoing supply cuts, U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, fighting in Libya as well as strong U.S. jobs data.
PLATTS - OPEC in March tightened the oil market considerably, slashing 570,000 b/d from its February output level, as Saudi Arabia continued to implement production cuts and Venezuela suffered from extensive power outages on top of US sanctions, an S&P Global Platts survey found.
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 19 rigs from last week to 1,025, with oil rigs up 15 to 831, gas rigs up 4 to 194, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 0.
"К началу апреля Россия, как и планировалось, вышла на оговоренный уровень сокращения: по итогам марта добыча относительно октября 2018 года снизилась на 130 тбс с учетом СРП и на 153 тбс без учета СРП, относительно декабря 2018 года - на 180 тбс с учетом СРП и 230 тбс без учета СРП”,
МИНФИН РОССИИ - Средняя цена нефти марки Urals по итогам января – марта 2019 года составила $ 63,17 за баррель. В 2018 году средняя цена на Urals в январе – марте составила $ 65,22 за баррель. Средняя цена на нефть марки Urals в марте 2019 года сложилась в размере $ 65,98 за баррель, в феврале 2018 года - $ 63,68 за баррель.
Oil prices rose about 1 percent on Friday, posting their biggest quarterly rise in a decade.
In 2018, world oil demand is estimated to have grown by 1.43 mb/d, down by 0.04 mb/d from the previous estimate amid downward revisions in both OECD and non-OECD regions.
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South Korea's economy has been pushing to shed its heavy reliance on coal and nuclear power, with the latest target coming on top of a 2017 plan to increase the amount of renewables in its energy mix to 20 percent by 2030.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), has forecast the UAE’s nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to grow 4.7 percent to AED1.673 trillion in 2019, compared to AED1.589 trillion a year ago.
the goods and services deficit was $49.4 billion in February, down $1.8 billion from $51.1 billion in January,
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is down 10 rigs from last week to 1,012, with oil rigs down 8 to 825, gas rigs down 2 to 187, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 0. Canada Rig Count unchanged from last week at 66, with oil rigs up 1 to 19 and gas rigs down 1 to 47.