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Kuwait next to back oil production cap extension
17 May 2017 , 10:12Neftegaz.RU212
Kuwait is in full support of extending a multilateral crude oil production cap into the early part of next year, the country's oil minister said on May 16, 2017.
According to the official Kuwait News Agency, known also as KUNA, Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouq affirmed full support of the joint position taken by Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend the agreement to March 31.
This agreement aims to rebalance the global supply and demand by restoring the level of world oil reserve to the rate of the past five years, the report cited the minister as saying.
Saudi Arabia is the largest contributor among members of the OPEC an agreement to balance an oversupplied market with managed production declines.
Russia is the largest contributor among non-OPEC members.
According to estimates from global pricing company S&P Global Platts, Kuwaiti crude oil producing has been relatively stable.
Saudi Arabian production in April average 9.97 million barrels per day, almost 1 % below its quota under the multilateral deal.
The Kuwaiti minister said there were already positive signs emerging to support stronger crude oil prices, days before parties to the agreement meet in Vienna to consider a formal extension.
The initial terms of the deal called for a production gap through the 1st 6 months of the year with the option for another 6-month extension based on market considerations.
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