Saudi Oil Output To Stay Near 10 Million Barrels A Day
by Wael Mahdi
Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer, will probably keep crude production in September at similar levels to this month and July, a person with knowledge of the kingdom’s oil policy said.
The world’s biggest crude exporter produced 10.03 million barrels a day in July, and taking into account inventory movements it supplied 9.9 million barrels a day to the market that month, the person said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Output won’t vary much unless market conditions change, the person said.
Saudi Arabia isn’t supplanting sales from Libya, where oil exports have dipped, and the current situation is different to 2011 when the North African nation was in greater turmoil, the person said, adding that Saudi and Libyan crude varieties are different and most Saudi customers are in Asia.
A PIRA Energy Group forecast suggesting Saudi Arabian production will rise to an average 10.5 million barrels a day this quarter, is inaccurate, the person said. The prediction was reported earlier today by Reuters.
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