Saudi Arabia to slash oil exports to Asia

Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has announced that it plans to trim crude exports to its Asian clients in January in an attempt which the kingdom says would be meant to help accelerate the rebalancing of the international oil market.   

Reports quoted an official from the Saudi energy ministry as saying that supplies to the Asian clients would be reduced by more than 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) from December’s production levels.

Nevertheless, the kingdom would still maintain steady supplies to the United States and Europe, Reuters reported.

“This is in line with our continued demonstration of keeping to, and in fact, exceeding, our commitments under the declaration of cooperation,” the unnamed official was quoted by AFP as saying in reference to the deal by global producers to cut production by 1.8 million bpd.

The agreement was last month extended until the end of 2018 in a bid to remove a supply glut from the market that has sent oil prices crashing.

About 24 producing countries, including all 14 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC Russia, the world’s top producer, are signatories to the deal.

“We hope that by leading by example, our partners from OPEC and non-OPEC will do the same in order to keep conformity levels above 100 percent and accelerate the rebalancing of the market,” the spokesman added.

The deal has helped oil prices to rebound from below $30 a barrel at the start of last year to more than $60 a barrel currently.

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