OPEC to go ahead with planned supply increases
By Jenal Mehta
13:45, 3 December 2021
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.
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.
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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