Oil prices rise as OPEC+ announces output cuts after Vienna meeting

The group of oil producing countries, OPEC+, has pledged oil output cuts amid flagging global oil prices.

Following the announcement made on Sunday (4 June) after a meeting of OPEC+ in Vienna, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel in Asia trading on Monday.

In accordance with the agreement struck, Saudi Arabia announced that they would cut daily barrel production from 10 million barrels per day (bpd) to 9 million bpd in July, as well as extending their volunatary cut in oil production of 500,000 bpd until December 2024.

Russia's 2023 quota currently stands at around 10.5 million bpd, but in 2024 will reduce to approximately 9.3 million bpd, consisting of a reduction of 650,000 barrels per day as well as the voluntary cut of 500,000 bpd.

Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

Falling global oil prices follow spike after Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Global oil prices spiked following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Since then, however, prices have fallen to pre-February 2022 levels. In an attempt to shore up global oil markets, OPEC+ have announced a couple of rounds of cuts in oil production.

In October 2022, OPEC+ agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand. Then, in April 2023, the group agreed to further cuts which were due to last until the end of this year, although the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that Sunday's talks led to "the extension of the deal until the end of 2024".

Sameer Hashmi, the BBC's Middle East business correspondent, wrote that "From Riyadh's point of view, it is crucial the price of crude remains over $80 a barrel for it to break even."

"Saudi officials want elevated prices to keep spending billions of dollars on ambitious projects spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as he tries to diversify the kingdom's economy away from oil," he added.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Getty Images

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