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OPEC+ retains monthly oil output increase by 400,000bpd amid Omicron concerns

OPEC+ retains monthly oil output increase by 400,000bpd amid Omicron concerns
December 02
19:35 2021

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies known as OPEC+ have agreed to retain plans to increase oil output by 400,000 barrels per day. 

The new decision is for oil production in January 2022.

The oil cartel made the decision at the 23rd OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting (ONOMM) held online on Thursday.

The monthly meeting by the alliance is held primarily to review oil output to ‘ensure a stable and balanced oil market.’

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In November, the alliance had also retained plans to add 400,000 barrels of oil to the market for December, shunning Joe Biden’s call for more robust output. 

The group agreed that due to the rising cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19, the meeting would remain in session pending further development. 

Consequently, the global oil market would be watched closely, and the alliance could review the agreed plan. 

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At the meeting, OPEC+ also decided to ‘extend the compensation period until the end of June 2022 as requested by some underperforming countries’ and it also requested that ‘underperforming countries submit their plans by December 17, 2021.’

On Thursday, checks by TheCable showed that Brent crude futures rose by 1.04 percent to $69.91 at 6:46 pm.

Also, U.S. West Texas Immediate (WTI) rose by 1.17 percent to $66.74 per barrel at 6:46 pm. 

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