Some countries cut oil output by more than planned
By Darya Korsunskaya
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Global oil output was cut by 1.4 million barrels per day (b/d) last month, Russian energy minister Alexander Novak told President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, citing preliminary data.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers led by Russia agreed in December to cut oil output in the first half of this year by a combined 1.8 million b/d in an effort to tackle oversupply and support oil prices.
Russia has said it would cut production by 200,000 b/d by the end of the first quarter and by 300,000 b/d thereafter.
“Some countries have cut more than was planned and are moving ahead of schedule. Russian oil production was down by 117,000 b/d in January,” Novak said during a meeting at Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence, adding that Moscow was also moving ahead of schedule with its cuts. He did not elaborate on the source of the preliminary data.
A Reuters survey this week put compliance with the OPEC production agreement at 82 per cent, with January output cut by more than 1 million b/d in January.
Novak also said that he expects the market to rebalance by the middle of this year and that globaloil prices are now much closer to their fair levels.
“We are also noticing a significant decrease in speculative pressure to the prices,” Novak told Putin.
(Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Katya Golubkova and David Goodman)