Friday, December 04, 2015

OPEC quota where it was, no figures needed

OPEC decided to roll over its 'previous quota' published at 30 million barrels per day, but declined to put a figure in its official communique issued at the conclusion of its 168th ministers' meeting in Vienna, Austria.

Despite repeated questioning on the quota ceiling, OPEC Secretary General Adalla Salem El-Badri said Indonesia's re-entry into the OPEC fold, additional Iranian barrels entering the market and concerns over economic growth meant putting forward a quota figure needed further consideration.

"OPEC will wait and see how the market develops" over the next six months and saw no need to alter the current production level during a period of market adjustment, he added, having been asked to stay on as "acting" Secretary General until July 2016. 

In wake of the OPEC announcement, at 1656 GMT, WTI was trading at $40.47 per barrel, down 61 cents or 1.48%, while Brent came in at $43.52, down 32 cents or 0.73%. Industry surveys suggest OPEC's production for November was at 32.1m bpd, well in excess of stated levels. More shortly! Keep reading, keep it ‘crude’!

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