Russia, Saudis See Oil Inventories Falling After Price Drop

12 Jun 2017   Prices, Russia

Market to be balanced in first quarter of 2018: Russia’s Novak Saudi minister sees stockpiles falling faster in coming months A deal among oil-producing countries to curb production and balance an oversupplied market will achieve its objective in the first quarter of next year, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, after prices tumbled on news of a build-up in U.S. inventories. His Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, said at a joint news briefing in Astana, Kazakhstan, that inventories were declining worldwide and reductions would accelerate in the next three to four months. Inventories will settle to their five-year historical average — OPEC’s target — before the end of the year, though Saudi Arabia, the group’s biggest producer, may modify its policy if output cuts don’t have the desired effect, he said. “If we will see over the number of weeks or months reasons to adjust, we will adjust,” Al-Falih told […]

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