OPEC’s production cut: Should India worry?


OPEC’s production cut: Should India worry?

Highlights
– OPEC’s Vienna meet ended with a production cut pact of 1.2 mbpd
– Iran, Libya and Venezuela are exempted from cuts for now
– Russia negotiates a mere 200,000 barrels per day cut

– Crude prices see support, but we remain bearish on oil for the long term

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) Vienna meeting finally concluded with an agreement over production cuts till April next year. The cartel and its partners have agreed to reduce production by close to 1.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) from the market, with OPEC constituents committing 800,000 bpd. This led to a surge in crude prices on December 7, although prices have since cooled.

With producers agreeing to use October production levels as baseline for calculating the cuts, actual barrels that would go off the table would be higher than cited, since production was lower in that month. But OPEC producers have been notorious in not complying with quotas in the past Read More

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