OPEC continues its discussions, postponing the OPEC Plus meeting to Thursday

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London (AFP)

The 13 member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will resume talks on Tuesday aimed at adopting a common position regarding future quotas for black gold production, in a market affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.

An OPEC source told France Presse, “Informal talks are expected on Tuesday, and no meeting will be held with all the ministers,” as happened Monday.

The cartel decided on Monday, four hours after a videoconference, to postpone the talks to Tuesday, which market observers interpreted as evidence of a dispute in OPEC.

By the end of the year, with the outbreak of the second wave of Covid-19 cases in many countries, it seems to many that it is too early for an additional 2 million barrels per day to be put on the market in January, as was scheduled in April.

But the recent rise in oil prices – by 25% since the beginning of the month – thanks to companies like AstraZeneca, Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna announcing the launch of a new vaccine against Covid-19, contributed to some participants seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and thus sticking to the established schedule.

Especially since the voluntary deductions represent a great effort to the revenues of producing countries, even if they contributed to improving prices.

“If some consider that the market is still weak in order to flood it with more barrels of oil, others would like to increase production and benefit from high prices to the maximum degree,” said Avtar Sandu, an analyst at Philip Futures.

And the completion of the talks within the cartel on Tuesday is accompanied by a postponement to Thursday of the second part of the summit, originally scheduled for December 1, which includes not only OPEC members but also OPEC Plus members, including Russia.

Anne Louise Hittel of Wood Mackenzie said the delay “reflects the issues that need to be settled.”

Brent North Sea and West Texas Intermediate crude prices remained stable in front of the fluctuations that the cartel is accustomed to, and maintained their stability with the start of the European trading session after a slight decline on Monday.

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