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OPEC to go ahead with planned supply increases

By Jenal Mehta

13:45, 3 December 2021

Oil pipe line valve in front of the barrels with OPEC symbol
OPEC to boost production by 400,000 barrels per day in January – Photo: Shutter Stock

Oil prices are higher today following a decision Thursday by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies to go ahead with a plan to increase supply by 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in January even as the Covid-19 Omicron variant raises concerns about forward demand.

Brent crude and US crude both gained around 3.5% following the decision and have extended gains Friday, trading above $72 and $68 per barrel, respectively.

Market uncertainty

Some investors were betting that OPEC+ would reduce the size of planned increase or delay it. OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo had previously warned of an oil surplus in the new year. Additionally, the US and other oil consuming nations announced plans to tap oil reserves to help offset rising petrol prices.

The cartel and its partners did say they will review the situation.

The decision to stay with the planned production increase is a point of contention with the US government. OPEC+ ignored a request by US President Joe Biden to raise output by more than 400,000 bdp, Forbes reported.

Natural Gas

2.93 Price
-0.510% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.1700%
Short position overnight fee 0.1481%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.0050


24.89 Price
+0.760% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0195%
Short position overnight fee 0.0113%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.020

Oil - Crude

76.79 Price
+2.060% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0211%
Short position overnight fee -0.0008%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.030

Oil - Brent

81.73 Price
+1.920% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0103%
Short position overnight fee -0.0116%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.045

Furthermore, doubts exist about whether the targets will be met next year, as low capacity in multiple countries has already resulted in missed targets in November, per Reuters.

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Brent Crude Oil

  • Day range: $69.67–$70.70
  • 52 week range: $47.82–$86.70

US Crude Oil

  • Day range: $66.44–$68.71
  • 52 week range: $44.66–$83.83

US Natural Gas

  • Day range: $4.09–$4.28
  • 52 week range: $2.26–$6.47
Percentage price changes Price changes – Credit:

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Markets in this article

Oil - Brent
Brent Oil
81.725 USD
1.54 +1.920%
Oil - Crude
Crude Oil
76.785 USD
1.548 +2.060%
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
2.9340 USD
-0.015 -0.510%

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