Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Iran says Saudi plan to boost oil output ridicules OPEC

LONDON: Iran criticised Saudi Arabia´s plan to raise oil output and pressure from the United States on Riyadh do so, saying this was in breach of OPEC´s decision last week and belittled the producer group.

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OPEC and a group of non-OPEC countries agreed on Saturday that they would return to 100 percent compliance with previously agreed oil output cuts, after months of underproduction by OPEC countries including Venezuela and Angola.

Iran´s OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, was reacting to various news reports on Monday and Tuesday that Saudi Arabia would boost output in July to 10.6 million barrels a day, 10.8 million bpd and 11.0 million bpd, up from its OPEC target of 10.058 million bpd. On Monday, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the deal by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries may not be enough to relieve the oil market.

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