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Sources say OPEC+ is weighing the rollover against a slight production cut

Sources say OPEC+ is weighing the rollover against a slight production cut

A picture of the emblem of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz Peter Baer/File Photo

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  • OPEC + meets on Monday to set policy
  • Iran nuclear deal could boost oil supplies
  • Russian gas supplies to Europe have been further reduced
  • Brent crude fell to $95 from $120 in June

LONDON (Reuters) – Six OPEC+ sources said that OPEC+ was likely to keep oil production quotas unchanged for the month of October at Monday’s meeting, although some sources did not rule out a slight production cut to support prices that have fallen on fears of That happens. economic slowdown.

Six OPEC+ sources said on Sunday and Monday that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies including Russia, collectively known as OPEC+, are expected to pass the current policies.

However, three of the sources said the producer group may also discuss a small 100,000 bpd cut.

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Monday’s OPEC+ meeting comes against a complex backdrop that includes a potential increase in supplies of Iranian crude returning to the market if Tehran can revive the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Meanwhile, Russia said it would stop supplying countries that support the idea of ​​capping Russian energy supplies due to its military conflict in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, deliveries of Russian gas in Europe have been further reduced, which is likely to lead to a further price surge. Read more

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Brent crude has fallen to around $95 a barrel from $120 in June, amid fears of an economic slowdown and recession in the West.

Iran is expected to add 1 million barrels per day to supplies, or 1% of global demand, if sanctions are eased, although prospects for a nuclear deal appeared less clear on Friday. Read more

Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), last month signaled the possibility of cutting production to tackle what it sees as exaggerated declines in oil prices. Read more

Matthew Holland of Energy Aspects said: “OPEC+ is wary of prolonged price volatility caused by weak macroeconomic sentiment, poor liquidity, renewed shutdowns with China, as well as uncertainty over a potential US-Iran deal and efforts to cap Russian oil prices. “.

However, signs from the physical market suggest that supply remains tight and many OPEC countries are producing below targets while new Western sanctions threaten Russian exports.

“Reducing production won’t make them any friends at a time when the world is facing a cost-of-living crisis,” … a more sensible option might be to take action this month and reconsider the future when there is more clarity, said analyst Craig Erlam at Oanda.

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Additional reporting by Rowena Edwards and Olesya Astakhova.

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