KUWAIT CITY: Omani and Kuwaiti oil ministers on Monday called on Opec and non-Opec producers to continue their unprecedented cooperation to maintain stability in the energy market.
Producers from the Opec oil cartel and non-Opec countries struck a deal in 2016 to trim production by 1.8 million barrels per day to rebalance the market after its collapse in 2014.
The deal, which runs out at the end of this year, has succeeded in boosting oil prices above $70 a barrel from below $30 a barrel in early 2016.
“I call for the signatories of the (cooperation) declaration agreement, those 24 nations from Opec and non-Opec, to continue the dialogue, the understanding and commitment in maintaining the market conditions that will encourage investment,” Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, told an oil conference in Kuwait.
He also called for enhancing “collaboration and work together to ensure security of supply for consumers and security of demand for producers”.
Kuwait’s Oil Minister Bakheet al Rasheedi said he believes that oil producers were on the right path to restore stability to the oil market.
“A year ago, there was a surplus of 340 million barrels of oil. At the end of February, the surplus dropped to 50 million barrels and we believe we are on the right path to get rid of this surplus,” Rasheedi told reporters.
He said that the Opec and non-Opec cooperation will be reviewed at an Opec meeting in June.