Oil output increase breach of producers’ deal: Iraqi minister
Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has warned that any unilateral decision by any oil producer regarding output could lead to the collapse of the pact that was devised to help stabilize prices.
Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has described any unilateral decision by any oil producer regarding output as a breach of a supply cut pact between OPEC and non-OPEC countries.
Iraq’s Oil Minister added that producers should not be influenced by pressure to pump more oil.
Al-Luaibi’s comment could be a direct reference to Saudi Arabia that has reportedly announced it would be ready to increase output should Iran’s supplies are cut from markets once a fresh wave of sanctions against the country are put into place.
Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement that oil prices still needed more support and stability, and producers “should not over exaggerate the need of the oil market for more oil supplies in the time being.”
Last month, US President Donald Trump said he would pull Washington out of a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. Trump also said he would launch mechanisms to re-impose what he described as the “highest level of sanctions” against Iran.
The sanctions would include a universal ban on Iran over buying or acquiring US dollars as well as restrictions over purchases of crude oil from the country and investing in its oil sector projects.
On the same front, reports emerged in media that the administration of President Trump had asked Saudi Arabia to be ready to increase its oil production as soon as sanctions against purchases of Iranian oil would be put into place.
The prospects for the Saudis to pump more oil are already believed to be threatening a deal between OPEC and its allies led by Russia to curb output by about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), starting from January 2017, to reduce a supply glut and boost prices.
The deal is due to expire at the end of 2018.