Oil output cut: Saudis say OPEC+ move provided a lifeline to US shale


Oil output cut: Saudis say OPEC+ move provided a lifeline to US shale

Arabia’s energy minister has no quarrels with U.S. shale and even sees output cuts by OPEC and its allies as directly aiding American drillers. “The action we have taken, quickly in December and that we’re seeing implemented as we speak, is a lifeline to U.S. shale producers,” Khalid Al-Falih said at a conference in Abu Dhabi.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Saudi Arabia, agreed to cut oil output this year to support prices. The group and its allies, known collectively as OPEC+, said they would start to trim 1.2 million barrels of daily production this month to stabilize the market. They already reduced output by 600,000 barrels a day in December, Al-Falih said last week.

Crude producers in the U.S. are pumping a record 11.7 million barrels a day, according to the Energy Information Administration.  Read More

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