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OPEC+ prolongs oil production cuts into next quarter to stabilize market and support prices.

Oil Producing Countries Agree to Extend Output Cuts Amid Economic Concerns

Saudi Arabia and Russia Lead OPEC+ Members in Extending Output Cuts

In a move to support the market amidst global economic growth concerns, OPEC+ members, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and Russia, have agreed to extend voluntary oil output cuts into the second quarter. Saudi Arabia, as the de facto leader of OPEC, announced an extension of its voluntary cut of 1 million barrels per day until the end of June, maintaining its output at around 9 million barrels per day.

Russia Joins in the Effort to Stabilize Oil Production

Not to be outdone, Russia, the leader of OPEC allies within OPEC+, committed to reducing oil production and exports by an additional 471,000 barrels per day in the second quarter. This coordinated effort with some OPEC+ participating countries aims to balance the market amidst fluctuating conditions.

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Global Collaboration in Managing Output Levels

Various OPEC+ members, such as the UAE, Kuwait, Algeria, Oman, and Iraq, have also pledged to continue their cuts, contributing to the stabilization process. These collective efforts underline the importance of collaboration in managing output levels to prevent oversupply and maintain market stability.

Market Response to Output Cut Extension

Since late 2022, OPEC+ has implemented multiple output cuts to counter the rising production from non-member countries like the United States. The recent extension of cuts has provided some support to oil prices, although concerns over economic growth and high interest rates continue to linger in the market.

Uncertain Oil Demand Outlook

While OPEC forecasts robust demand growth of 2.25 million barrels per day, mainly driven by Asia, the International Energy Agency projects a slower growth rate of 1.22 million barrels per day. This uncertainty in the oil demand outlook adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing efforts to stabilize the market.

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