Saudi Arabia has described the collapse in oil prices to below $30 as “irrational” and expects the market to recover in 2016 even as the country continues to keep production high.
Khalid al-Falih, chairman of state oil company Saudi Aramco, told the World Economic Forum in Davosthat current prices would not last, with many smaller producers facing financial difficulties.
“The market has overshot on the low side and it is inevitable that it will start turning up,” said Mr Falih, predicting higher prices by the end of the year.
He reiterated that Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, would not cut supplies unilaterally or make way for rival producers.
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