OPEC Expected To Continue To Cut Oil Production For The Second Quarter

OPEC Expected To Continue To Cut Oil Production For The Second Quarter

Russia has voiced their support of the idea to extend the oil cut in the second quarter. It is surprising move from Russia. It comes at the time the world is becoming weary of the coronavirus outbreak.

Executives who attended a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in February meeting said there was no final decision and gave no indication of whether deeper cuts were proposed or discussed.

“Most of the companies are inclined to extend for one more quarter” the current deal between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, Ravil Maganov, first vice president for Lukoil PJSC, told reporters after the meeting in Moscow.

Gazprom Neft PJSC, the oil arm of gas giant Gazprom PJSC, thinks it makes sense to extend the current cuts into the second quarter “and then to monitor the situation and act in line” with it, Chief Executive Officer Alexander Dyukov said.

Evgeny Tolochek, president of independent oil producer Russneft PJSC, also voiced support for proposal to keep the current cuts, adding that its “time frame is a matter of negotiations.”

OPEC+ is still waiting for Russia to clarify its position on deeper oil output cuts, aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in Asia. Novak last week promised to give an answer in days, yet so far the ministry remains silent.

Technical experts from the producer group and its allies recommended a temporary deepening of the cut by 600,000 barrels a day in the second quarter. They also recommended maintaining the current 2.1 million barrel-a-day cut through the second half of the year.