Saudi Arabia to cut June oil output by extra 1m bpd

Kuwait follows suit with additional cut of 80,000 bpd

Reuters May 11, 2020
Kuwait follows suit with additional cut of 80,000 bpd. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has directed national oil company Aramco to cut its crude oil production for June by an extra voluntary amount of 1 million barrels per day (bpd), on top of a reduction already committed by the kingdom under the OPEC+ deal, a Saudi energy ministry official said on Monday.

“This brings the total production cut that will be carried out by the kingdom, to around 4.8 million bpd, from the April production level,” the official said. “Therefore, the kingdom’s production for June, after both its targeted and voluntary cuts, will be 7.492 million bpd,” he added.

Kuwait also joined Saudi Arabia on Monday in announcing fresh oil production cuts to be implemented in June, state news agency Kuna reported, citing Oil Minister Khaled al-Fadhel.

Kuwait will slash production by 80,000 bpd in June, on top of the cuts already agreed under a pact by the OPEC+ group of major oil producing countries, the agency said.

Brent crude was up $0.19, or almost 1%, at $31.16 a barrel by 1216 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude rose 38 cents, or 1.5%, to $25.12 a barrel. Both contracts had fallen more than $1 earlier in the session.

Global oil demand has slumped by about 30% as the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed movement across the world, building up inventories globally.

OPEC and allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, agreed last month to reduce output by about 9.7 million bpd for May and June, a record production cut. Producers will slowly relax curbs after June, although reductions in supply will stay in place until April 2022.

Under the deal, Saudi Arabia’s targeted oil production is 8.492 million bpd in May and June. The ministry has also directed Aramco to reduce its production in May from its quota level of 8.492 million bpd “in consent with its customers”, the official said.

“The kingdom aims through this additional cut to encourage OPEC+ participants, as well as other producing countries, to comply with the production cuts they have committed to, and to provide additional voluntary cuts, in an effort to support the stability of global oil markets,” the Saudi official said.

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