S. Arabia Says $50-60 Oil Ensures Global Supply

S. Arabia Says $50-60 Oil Ensures Global SupplyS. Arabia Says $50-60 Oil Ensures Global Supply

Officials from Saudi Arabia say oil at $50 to $60 a barrel would ensure adequate global supply, setting out a potential price band for the producer club before its meeting in Vienna next month.

“A $50, $60 oil price is sufficient to develop the low-cost resources to provide increases that will be necessary over the next three to four years,” Andrew Gould, board director at state-owned giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co., said Tuesday in London, Bloomberg reported. His comments, at the annual Oil & Money conference in London, suggest Riyadh sees relatively little upside to prices in the short term. While benchmark Brent crude is up about 13% since the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries reached a deal Sept. 28 to manage supply, it is still trading at half its level of mid-2014, at around $52 a barrel.

Projections for $50 to $60 oil over the next 15 months are “logical” and “acceptable,” Kuwait’s acting Oil Minister Anas Al-Saleh said in a report from the state-run Kuwait News Agency. “Unless there are new developments in the major oil-producing countries, this scenario will be most likely,” he said.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were among oil producers to hold output at or near all-time highs in September as OPEC continued to defend market share against rival suppliers including the US While many high-cost shale wells were shut in after oil’s collapse, some North American drillers are starting to bring back rigs.

A sustained rally will depend on OPEC’s ability to agree on individual quotas when it meets on Nov. 30. Should the group succeed, a further price increase is likely to spur shale output, according to Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, who said he agrees that $50 to $60 is enough to meet short-term supply needs until 2020.

“This upward pressure on the prices would stimulate some high-cost producers to increase their production such as the US shale oil,” Birol said Tuesday before the conference. “The price level around $60 would give a strong impetus to the bulk of the current US shale industry.”

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