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19-01-2019

To boost confidence in oil cut, OPEC issues quota list

 OPEC on Friday published a list of oil production cuts by its members and other major producers for the six months to June, an effort to boost confidence in the move designed to avoid a supply glut in 2019.

In a statement, an OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial panel also called on participating members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies to “redouble their efforts in the full and timely implementation” of the move.

Worried by falling prices and rising supply, the producer group known as OPEC+ agreed in December to return to output cuts. They pledged to lower supply by about 1.2 million barrels per day from Jan. 1 2019, of which OPEC’s share is 800,000 bpd.

The move to make the quotas public reflects an effort by the producers to increase credibility of the deal. OPEC had initially given few details on how it would work and sources had said quotas would not be released.

“The oil industry cannot afford to relapse into another downturn,” OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo, who had been urging that the list be issued, told Reuters on Thursday.

The statement said the panel, called the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), will study the production cuts each month and confirmed that it will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan on March 18.

In the first half of 2019, OPEC and its allies will cut oil output by 1.195 million bpd to 43.874 million bpd. The full OPEC+ group will meet on April 17-18 in Vienna to decide whether to extend the agreement beyond June.

The list of quotas is the same as one seen by Reuters and other news services in December and is as listed below.

Adjustment based on the 175th Meeting of the OPEC Conference and the 5th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, effective as of January 2019, in thousands of barrels per day:

Reference Voluntary Voluntary

production* adjustment production level

Algeria 1,057 -32 1,025

Angola 1,528 -47 1,481

Congo 325 -10 315

Ecuador 524 -16 508

Eq. Guinea 127 -4 123

Gabon 187 -6 181

Iraq 4,653 -141 4,512

Kuwait 2,809 -85 2,724

Nigeria 1,738 -53 1,685

Saudi Arabia 10,633 -322 10,331

UAE 3,168 -96 3,072

Azerbaijan 796 -20 776

Bahrain 227 -5 222

Brunei 131 -3 128

Kazakhstan 1,900 -40 1,860

Malaysia 627 -15 612

Mexico 2,017 -40 1,977

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Oman 995 -25 970

Russia 11,421 -230 11,191

Sudan 74 -2 72

South Sudan 132 -3 129

Total OPEC 26,749 -812 25,937

Non-OPEC 10 18,320 -383 17,937

Total 45,069 -1,195 43,874

OPEC+Non-OPEC

Source; Live Mint

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