OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo praised the Iraqi oil minister for his "firm stand and valuable contributions throughout the consultation process culminating in these landmark achievements and decisions of the organization previous year".
"As Saudis crude exports have remained relatively the same year-on-year, that could be an issue for some of the OPEC members", Darling said, adding that could prompt the producers to re-engage in a battle for market share. Commentators at Vienna-based JBC Energy said their assessment of Opec's crude production in March is showing that compliance with the cartel's pledge to cut production has moved higher to 90%.
This depressed outlooks for upstream development, with investment dropping globally from $670 billion in 2014 to $383 billion in 2016 leading to "fewer new discoveries today", he said. It also followed a report from the United States government which showed that American refineries boosted crude use by its biggest margin in roughly three years as fuel supplies dropped. Capacity is now estimated at 4.7 million barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. According to a statement from the ministry, Luaibi said the overhauls would allow for an "unprecedented increase of oil production". Prices gained US$2.63 last week to settle at US$50.60. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) declined 36 cents or 0.7 percent to $50.24 per barrel.Traders noted that both futures retreated in price after they failed to rise much above their 100-day moving average a techincal resistance level.
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"Now the market may have priced all those factors in and investors are waiting for additional indicators to give oil prices direction". But due to its commitment to support oil prices, it has made a decision to temporarily suspended its plan to increase production but will continue to add capacity. Iraq's oil production has averaged 4.464 million barrels per day (bpd) so far in March, a reduction of more than 300,000 bpd on levels before OPEC cuts were implemented from January 1, state-oil marketer SOMO said on Thursday.
Iraq plans to increase its oil output capacity to 5 million barrels per day before the end of the year, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Sunday. On April 2, 2017, Libya's largest oil field at Sharara resumed production. Analysts expect crude inventories dropped by 530,000 barrels at the end of last week, with distillates down by 1.12 million barrels and gasoline supplies showing a 1.462 million barrels decline.