Oil Output Rises on Tight Supply Outlook

Oil Output Rises on Tight Supply Outlook
Oil Output Rises on Tight Supply Outlook

OPEC oil output has risen this month to a 2018 high, as Persian Gulf members pumped more after a deal to ease supply curbs and Congo Republic joined the group.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has pumped 32.64 million barrels per day in July, the survey on Monday found, up 70,000 bpd from June's revised level and the highest this year with Congo added, Reuters reported.

OPEC and allies agreed last month to boost supply as US President Donald Trump urged producers to offset losses caused by new US sanctions on Iran and to dampen prices, which this year hit $80 a barrel for the first time since 2014.

On June 22-23, OPEC, Russia and other non-members agreed to return to 100% compliance with oil output cuts that began in January 2017, after months of underproduction in Venezuela and elsewhere pushed adherence above 160%. Saudi Arabia said the decision would translate into an output rise of about 1 million bpd.

OPEC's collective adherence with supply targets has slipped to 111% in July from a revised 116% in June, the survey found, meaning it is still cutting more than agreed.

Following the OPEC decision, Kuwait and the UAE raised output by 80,000 bpd and 40,000 bpd respectively in July, the survey found.

The bulk of the Saudi supply boost appears to have been delivered in June, as Riyadh tapped storage tanks to push supply to 10.60 million bpd, near a record high.

Riyadh has boosted supply in July by a further 50,000 bpd from June's revised level, the survey found, because domestic crude use in refineries and power plants has risen while exports have held close to June's rate.

Supply in Nigeria, often curbed by unplanned outages, rose by 50,000 bpd. Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian venture lifted force majeure on Bonny Light crude exports. Nigeria and Libya were exempt from the original supply-cutting deal.

Iraq also increased supply, as exports rose from the country's southern terminals.


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