S. Arabia Cuts Crude Allocations in September

Saudi exports to US will be below 800,000 bpd in August.
Saudi exports to US will be below 800,000 bpd in August.

Saudi Arabia will cut crude oil allocations to its customers worldwide in September by at least 520,000 barrels per day, an industry source said on Tuesday, as the top oil exporter makes good on its pledge to help rein in a global supply glut.

State oil giant Saudi Aramco will cut supplies to most buyers in Asia—the world's biggest oil consuming region—by up to 10% in September to comply with a producers' deal to cut output, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The wider Saudi cuts come as some doubts have emerged about the effectiveness of the OPEC-led agreement. OPEC output hit a 2017 high in July, according to a Reuters OPEC survey, led by a rise in supplies from Nigeria and Libya, which are both exempted from the cuts.

The deal to curb output propelled crude prices above $58 a barrel in January, but they have since slipped back to a $45-52 range as the effort to drain global inventories has taken longer than expected.

Rising output from US shale producers has offset the impact of output curbs, as has climbing production from Libya and Nigeria.

Saudi Arabia's crude allocations to oil majors and some customers in Europe will be cut by 220,000 barrels per day in September, the first source said, while supplies to the United States will be reduced by around 1.1 million barrels for next month.

In August, a Saudi industry source told Reuters that Saudi exports to the United States will be below 800,000 bpd in August, as the kingdom is capping its exports worldwide this month at 6.6 million bpd.

Under the OPEC-led supply reduction pact, Saudi Arabia is required to cut output by 486,000 bpd.

Of the nine Asian refineries surveyed by Reuters, supplies to six have been cut for the first time since the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers agreed last year to cut production by about 1.8 million bpd from Jan. 1 until March 2018.

Saudi Arabia and other producers last month recommended examining whether monitoring compliance with the pact should focus on exports as well as production.

High compliance by Persian Gulf Arab producers Saudi Arabia and Kuwait helped keep OPEC's adherence with its supply curbs at historically high figures of more than 90%.

Saudi oil allocations to China will be reduced by 2 million barrels for the month of September, one of the sources said.

Another source said supplies will be mostly cut by between 5-10%. At least one major buyer in China said it is receiving full allocation and another said its cut was smaller than 5%.

While Aramco has cut supplies to the United States and Europe, it has cut less in Asia over the past months to protect market share in the world's fastest growing demand region.


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