Saudi Arabia Increases Oil Output

Production from Saudi Arabia is rising, and demand has pushed it up to about 10 million barrels per day (bpd), according to energy consultancy PIRA.

The estimate suggested the country is hewing tightly to the strategy of protecting market share rather than cutting production to try to inflate prices.

Saudi production averaged about 9.7 million bpd since last June, according to the consultancy. “Additional demand has pushed output to just under, if not above, 10 MMB/D,” PIRA said in a weekly note.

The country’s rising production boosted OPEC’s oil supply in January, according to a Reuters survey earlier this month, a sign that key members are standing firm in refusing to prop up prices.

Oil prices fell by 60 percent between June and January, and have remained low as oversupply trumped concerns about supply disruptions. Output in top OPEC exporter Saudi Arabia has been flat to slightly higher, sources said.

The estimates from PIRA and the Reuters survey contrasted with data released on Wednesday from the Joint Organisations Data Initiative, which showed the country’s production holding at about 9.6 million bpd in December.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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