OPEC stresses need for 2019 oil supply cuts as rivals pump more
15 March, 2019, 05:09 | Author: Mary Valdez
The EIA now expects USA oil production to average 12.3 million barrels per day this year and 13.0 million barrels per day next year. Market shortages have been exacerbated by USA sanctions on oil exports by OPEC members Iran and Venezuela.
American benchmark West Texas Intermediate was at $58.44 a barrel at the same time, posting almost a 0.2 percent increase, after ending the previous session at $58.34 per barrel.
Continued supply reductions would further support oil prices, which are up about 25 per cent this year, and incur the wrath of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has demanded OPEC ease its efforts to bolster the market.
International Brent crude oil futures were at $67.61 a barrel at 0054 GMT, up 6 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their last close.
Two sources toldReuters that the United States also aims to curb Iran's crude exports by about 20% to below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from May, likely reining in waivers for Tehran's remaining customers.
"Tighter global inventories from OPEC-led supply cuts and".
Production is expected to increase 1.35 million bpd compared to the previous year, but will grow more slowly than the previous forecast of 1.45 million bpd. USA crude oil exports have also increased as domestic production has risen.
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