A possible deal to support oil prices by the world’s leading producer countries may last for one year, the secretary-general of OPEC said on Tuesday, longer than other officials have indicated.
OPEC and non-member producers including Russia are discussing a deal to stabilize the market by at least freezing output, although key details such as the timing and baseline for any deal have yet to emerge.
“One year, we are looking at one year,” OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo said, RIA news agency reported.
Russia and members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hold an informal meeting in Algiers on Sept. 28. Algeria’s energy minister said on Monday any OPEC move to freeze output would help balance the market for at least six months.
Several producers have called for an output freeze to rein in a supply glut that triggered a price collapse in the last two years, hitting their income. Previous talks on an output freeze collapsed in April.