Non-OPEC countries agree to cut oil production by 558000 barrels per day

Dec 12, 2016 12:16 IST

For the first time since 2001, non-OPEC countries on 10 December 2016 agreed to join the supply cuts in order to overcome the major obstacle for a global agreement to curb output. The decision was taken during a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna.

These eleven oil-producing countries, who are not members of the OPEC oil cartel, include Azerbaijan, Oman, Mexico, Sudan, South Sudan, Bahrain, Malaysia, Equatorial Guinea, Bolivia, Kazakhstan and Russia.

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Highlights of the Agreement

  • The non-OPEC countries agreed to reduce their oil production by 558000 barrels a day.
  • OPEC members also confirmed their commitment to reduce the oil supply by 1.2 million barrels a day.
  • Together OPEC and non-OPEC countries will cut the oil production by about 1.7-1.8 million barrels a day.
  • The agreement is designed to speed the end of the oil downturn by controlling the excess supplies and boost prices, providing some relief to resource-rich nations.
  • It will accelerate the stabilisation in the markets.
  • A committee was also constituted to monitor producers’ cuts that will start from 1 January 2017 for six months. It will consist of three OPEC members and two non-OPEC countries.

Breakdown proposed by non-OPEC countries

  • Russia to cut 300000 barrels a day
  • Mexico to cut 100000 barrels a day
  • Kazakhstan to cut 50000 barrels a day
  • Oman to cut 45000 barrels a day
  • Azerbaijan to cut 35000 barrels a day
  • Malaysia to cut 35000 barrels a day
  • Bahrain to cut 12000 barrels a day
  • Equatorial Guinea to cut 12000 barrels a day
  • South Sudan to cut 8000 barrels a day
  • Brunei to cut 7000 barrels a day
  • Bolivia to cut 4000 barrels a day
  • Sudan to cut 4000 barrels a day

About OPEC

  • Formed in 1960, OPEC coordinates the energy policies of member countries who produce about one-third of the world's oil.
  • Its members include Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Gabon, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Venezuela.
  • A number of other major oil-producing nations such as the United States and Russia are not OPEC members.

 

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