OPEC Conference: Saudi Pushes Through Deeper Cut, Supporting Aramco Sale


The 177th Ordinary Meeting of the OPEC Conference (7th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial meeting) Vienna, Austria, 5-6th December 2019

With the usual conjecture beforehand, OPEC leaked out last night that it was considering a plan to reduce output by a further 500,000bpd to bring the total cut to 1.7mbpd.

The real problem being that not all members has adhered to the agreement to comply to the cuts agreed back in December. There was supposed to have been a Press Conference yesterday, but it was cancelled late in the evening. Saudi has already cut by more than it needs, but one assumes the whip is out for those members who have not been complying to do so now. The initial impact on the market was minimal. The announcement was met with scepticism but in the short term it may support the imminent Aramco float.

Today OPEC Ministers gathered again and this time with their non-OPEC partners led by Russia to discuss the proposal to cut further. However, when the Press Conference opened this afternoon, questions being taken before any announcement had been made.

Listen to John speak about the latest OPEC meeting on the latest episode of the Resonance podcast, :

John Hall

John joined Alfa Energy in 2013 as Chairman, where his specific interest is the development of the company’s profile in the areas in which it primarily operates - across the EU and the US. He is Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Member of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and a Member of the Market Research Society. He began his long career in the industry when he set up John Hall Associates in 1973, a company which merged with Energy Quote in 2009 and currently trades as Energy Quote JHA.