OPEC+ Seals “In Principle” Deal for Deeper Oil Output Cuts in 2024

by | Dec 11, 2023 | OPEC, Demand, Oil Prices, Saudi Arabia

As the OPEC+ agreement progresses towards formal approval, the industry anticipates a reinforced foundation for investment growth and resilience in the face of market uncertainties.

Deal for Deeper Oil Output Cuts in 2024

Introduction: Navigating OPEC+’s Strategic Move

In a significant development, OPEC+ delegates confirmed on Thursday the agreement in principle on a substantial increase in oil production cuts, set to extend into the new year. This decision, made during the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) meeting, outlines a deeper reduction of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) starting in 2024, supplementing the ongoing 1 million bpd cut implemented by Saudi Arabia since the summer.

The Deeper Cuts: A Closer Look at OPEC+ Agreement

While the deal is yet to be officially approved, the consensus among OPEC+ members signals a united front in addressing the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry. The proposal will undergo a formal vote during the upcoming full OPEC+ meeting.

Country Commitments: Unveiling the Contributions

Diving into the specifics of the agreement, Algeria’s commitment to reduce January oil production by an additional 50,000 bpd, as reported by the country’s energy minister, stands out. Notably, Saudi Arabia has pledged to extend its existing 1 million bpd cut, and Russia is set to contribute a reduction of 500,000 bpd.

NEW UPDATE: March 7, 2024

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March 7 2024 Update

OPEC considering more production cuts

Crude oil futures exhibited mixed movements as U.S. crude inventories increased, and OPEC+ contemplated extending production cuts into the second quarter. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April saw a 0.42% decrease, settling at $78.54 a barrel, while April Brent futures experienced a 0.04% gain, settling at $83.68 a barrel.

U.S. commercial crude stocks rose by 4.2 million barrels, although this was lower than the 8.4 million barrel increase reported by the American Petroleum Institute. Despite rising inventories, both U.S. crude and the global benchmark are set for a 6.3% gain for the month, signaling a tightening crude market. OPEC+ is contemplating extending voluntary production cuts into Q2, aiming to limit downside risks to crude prices and maintaining Brent within a $70 to $90 range.

Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East contributed to crude prices’ support, with conflicts on the Israel-Lebanon border and ongoing Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping. However, Goldman Sachs views the geopolitical risk premium in oil prices as modest, with current conflicts not significantly impacting crude production.

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Anticipation in the Market: Impact on Oil Prices

During the JMMC meeting, delegates hinted at the possibility of even deeper cuts for the first quarter of 2024, with total production cuts potentially reaching close to 2 million bpd. The final decision on the 2024 production plan, including the rollover of the 1.3 million bpd cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia, will be determined in the subsequent full online OPEC+ meeting.

Market Response: Oil Prices Surge on Reports

The anticipation surrounding the potential for increased cuts has already influenced oil prices, with reports triggering a 1.5% surge in less than half an hour before the commencement of the full OPEC+ meeting. This development underscores the market’s positive response to the collective efforts of OPEC+ in addressing the supply-demand dynamics.

Investor Outlook: Positive Signals for the Oil and Gas Sector

From an investor’s perspective, the deeper cuts signify a concerted effort by OPEC+ to stabilize and balance the oil market. The willingness of member countries, beyond Saudi Arabia, to contribute additional reductions is a positive signal for oil and gas investors.

Collaborative Stabilization: A Strategic Move by OPEC+

By sharing the burden, OPEC+ aims to mitigate volatility and support oil prices, which can have favorable implications for the profitability and sustainability of investments in the sector. In particular, the collaboration among OPEC+ members aligns with Saudi Arabia’s objective to secure assistance from fellow producers in stabilizing the market.

Conclusion: A More Stable Future for Oil and Gas Investors

The extra contributions from other members represent a strategic move to collectively address the challenges faced by the industry, providing a more stable and optimistic outlook for oil and gas investors in the coming year. As the OPEC+ agreement progresses towards formal approval, the industry anticipates a reinforced foundation for investment growth and resilience in the face of market uncertainties.

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