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OPEC+ panel receives plans for extra oil cuts from quota busters Iraq, Kazakhstan

June 25/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) --  Iraq and Kazakhstan have submitted their plans to the OPEC+ alliance on how they will implement deeper oil production cuts in the coming months, following through on pledges to make good on violating their quotas in May, reported S&P Global.

However, Nigeria, Angola and other members who also overproduced have yet to declare their plans and have been given until June 22 to submit them, according to a monitoring committee tasked with tracking compliance with the OPEC+ production cut accord and assessing market conditions.

"The committee stressed that the attainment of 100% conformity from all participating countries is not only fair and equitable, but vital for the ongoing and timely rebalancing efforts and helping deliver a sustainable oil market stability," the OPEC+ Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee said in a draft statement seen by S&P Global Platts after meeting online June 18.

The statement did not detail the exact schedule of cuts for Iraq and Kazakhstan. The deal calls for the compensatory cuts to be made over July-September. Ministers for both countries did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kazakh energy minister Nurlan Nogayev had said June 9 that his country pumped 3.13 million barrels over its quota over May 1-12.

Iraq produced nearly 600,000 b/d over its quota in May, according to Platts latest survey of OPEC output, and oil minister Ihsan Ismaael said June 15 that crude exports in June had already been slashed in an effort to comply with the deal.

The OPEC+ alliance's overall compliance with the cuts was 87% for May, the committee said.

OPEC and 10 allies are in the midst of a 9.7 million b/d production cut agreement aimed at speeding the oil market's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The cuts are set to run through July, with the JMMC meeting monthly to adjust the quotas as needed.

No decisions were made on August cut levels, delegates said, with the market outlook still uncertain.

"We are committed to a common goal -- balancing the global oil market," Russian energy minister Alexander Novak said in his opening remarks at the JMMC meeting ."Everyone understands that we are not yet close to reaching a sustainable recovery."

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Oman have agreed to implement an additional voluntary 1.2 million b/d cut for June but have said they do not plan to continue those in July.

The nine-country JMMC is co-chaired by Saudi Arabia and Russia, the OPEC+ coalition's largest producers.

We remind that, as MRC informed before, in late May, 2020, Borealis said it will not proceed with the development of a multi-billion-dollar integrated steam cracker and polyethylene (PE) project in Kazakhstan. The decision to discontinue this project is based on a thorough assessment of all aspects of the prospective venture and impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic as well as the increased uncertainty of future market assumptions, Borealis states.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 721,290 tonnes in the first four month of 2020, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments grew partially because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, LLDPE, crude and gaz condensate, LDPE, petrochemistry, Borealis, Angola, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Rossiya, Saudi Arabia.
Category:General News
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