Sunday, October 9, 2011

OPEC Likely to Agree to Keep Output Target Unchanged

OPEC’s members are likely to decide to keep their output target for oil unchanged when they meet in December, Iran’s representative to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said.

Producers and consumers are satisfied with the current price level for crude, Iran’s Governor to OPEC Mohammad Ali Khatibi said, according to Shana, the Iranian Oil Ministry’s news website. “The situation is such that most OPEC members are expected to agree with maintaining the current level of oil production,” Khatibi said.

OPEC is responsible for 40 percent of global oil output, and the group’s 12 members are to meet Dec. 14 in Vienna to review output policy. Iran is OPEC’s second largest producer after Saudi Arabia. When the group last gathered on June 8, Iran and five other members rejected a Saudi proposal to raise output by 1.5 million barrels a day, and the meeting ended without agreement for the first time in at least 20 years.

The average price for OPEC’s main crude oil grades fell below $100 a barrel last week for the first time since Feb. 18, before rising back above that level on Oct. 6. The price for the so called OPEC basket of crudes advanced to $101.63 from $99.90 on Oct. 5, according to OPEC’s website. The basket price is calculated using one key export blend from each of the organization’s members and weighting each according to production.

Before last week, the OPEC price had exceeded $100 since the beginning of 2011. “Prices aren’t expected to fluctuate much,” Khatibi said.

Posted courtesy of Bloomberg News

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