Iran, Iraq in dispute with Saudis ahead of OPEC meeting


Iran and Iraq are defying pressure from Saudi Arabia to curtail oil production, making it intractable for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to reach a deal to limit productivity and boost the price of crude when it meets on Wednesday.

OPEC horses mouths told Reuters a meeting of experts in Vienna on Monday failed to connexion differences between OPEC’s de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, and the assembly’s second- and third-largest producers over the mechanics of output cuts.

“We longing leave the level of production [where] we decided in Algeria,” Iranian Oil Sky pilot Bijan Zanganeh told reporters upon arrival in Vienna, effectively signalling he was not advance to reduce output.

OPEC, which accounts for a third of global oil motion, agreed in September to cap output at around 32.5-33.0 million barrels per day (bpd) down from the contemporary 33.64 million bpd, to prop up oil prices, which have halved since mid-2014.

OPEC said it wish exempt Iran, Libya and Nigeria from cuts as their production has been crimped by unrest and sanctions.

Regional rivalries

The deal was meaning ofed as a victory for Iran. Tehran has long argued it wants to raise forging to regain market share lost under Western sanctions, when its federal arch-rival Saudi Arabia increased output.

In recent weeks, Riyadh put forwarded to cut its own output by 0.5 million bpd, according to OPEC sources, and suggested Iran limit presentation at around 3.8 million bpd – in line with or slightly above the woods’s current output. But Tehran has sent mixed signals including that it stand in want to produce 4.2 million bpd.

Iraq has also been pressing for far up output limits, saying it needs more money to fight the hostile group Islamic State. Iran and Iraq together produce st eight million bpd, only slightly behind long-time leader Saudi with 10.5 million bpd.


Iraq is aim a higher limit on oil production to help fund its fight against ISIS. (Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters)

The scrap between Iraq and Saudi Arabia mainly focuses on whether Baghdad should use its own output guesstimates to limit production or rely on lower figures from OPEC’s wizards.

As tensions within OPEC mounted, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih put about at the weekend that oil markets would rebalance even without an output-limiting arrangement. He had previously said Riyadh was keen for a deal.

Falih was not expected to go down in Vienna before Tuesday evening, leaving little time for historic pre-meeting discussions with other ministers.

“The feeling today is interbred,” Indonesian Energy Minister Ignasius Jonan told reporters on Tuesday when bid about the prospects of a deal. “I don’t know. Let’s see.”

Outlook for oil prices

The price of West Texas Medial crude oil was down more than four per cent at 11:30 ET on Tuesday, to $45.10 US a barrel.

Brent raw was also down more than four per cent, near $46 US a barrel, after the Indonesian and Iranian remark ons.

Some analysts including Morgan Stanley and Macquarie have about oil prices will correct sharply if OPEC fails to reach a handle, potentially going as low as $35 US per barrel.

Goldman Sachs, one of the most dynamic banks in oil trading, said on Tuesday it saw prices averaging $45 a barrel until mid-2017 neck without any OPEC deal and added the market was likely to move into a shortfall in the second half of 2017.

A year ago, Goldman was saying a global glut wish push oil prices to around $20. Prices fell to multi-year dcollets of $27 per barrel in January 2016.

Besides disagreements with Iran and Iraq, Saudi Arabia has also signalled it was forlorn with Russia’s position.

Oil ministers from OPEC members Algeria and Venezuela moved to Moscow on Tuesday to try to persuade non-OPEC Russia to take rt in concludes instead of merely freezing output, which has reached new highs in the on year.

They made no comment as they emerged from their gathering. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said he had no plan to touring to Vienna but could meet OPEC once it reaches a deal.

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