Saudi Arabia cuts oil output to boost prices

    WORLD  05 June 2023 - 13:29

    Saudi Arabia announced on June 4 that it would begin cutting oil production by 1 million barrels per day in July to support the "stability and balance of oil markets."

    Though the country says it doesn't use the cost of crude to make oil production decisions, the move is considered to be an attempt to prop up oil prices in response to global economic uncertainty and concerns that international demand could drop, NPR reports.

    The decision came out of an OPEC+ meeting in Vienna, but the extra cuts announced by Saudi Arabia are being done unilaterally.

    Saudi Arabia says the cuts will last at least a month and could be extended.

    OPEC+ countries also agreed to extend oil production cuts they announced in April through the end of 2024, reducing the amount of crude they pump into the world market by more than 1 million barrels per day. OPEC+ countries produce about 40% of the world's crude oil.

    There had been pressure on many African nations and Russia to cut production. Meanwhile the United Arab Emirates will increase its crude output.

    Global oil production ranges around 100 million barrels a day.

    Saudi Arabia will now produce 9 million barrels of crude oil per day, the country's Ministry of Energy said. That's 1.5 million fewer barrels per day than it was churning out earlier this year.

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