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OPEC seen sticking by oil output

09 June 2014

AFP, Vienna :
OPEC is set to stick by its oil output ceiling when it meets this week, as supply tensions linked to global crises help to keep crude prices high, benefitting producers.
The Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries, whose dozen member nations together supply about one third of the world's crude, is widely predicted by experts to keep its daily output ceiling at 30 million barrels of oil.
While OPEC is satisfied with current price levels at around 100 dollars a barrel, the cartel is in fact pumping below its collective target owing to abundant supplies in top crude consumer the United States.
Offsetting this are worries of potential supply strains as Ukraine risks sliding into all-out civil war.
Investors are concerned that a full-blown conflict in Ukraine would disrupt supplies and send energy prices soaring.  Russia accounts for nearly 40 percent of EU gas imports, with half of that transiting through pipelines in Ukraine.
While higher oil prices boost the coffers of producers, they can weigh heavily on economic growth, dampening demand and resulting in price weakness further down the line.
Crude prices have meanwhile won support since OPEC's last meeting in December also on solid demand from Asian powerhouse China despite jitters over its economic slowdown.
"It should be a very quick meeting," Bill Farren-Price, head of energy consultancy Petroleum Policy Intelligence, said of OPEC's upcoming gathering in Vienna on Wednesday.
"Prices are very stable and in a comfortable place, the market is pretty balanced for the moment, China has been importing more crude than expected over the last few months and the Ukraine crisis has helped keep the price underpinned.
OPEC "will be very happy with the price and for that reason, there will be no need for change" to the output ceiling, he told AFP.
Since December, oil prices have rallied by about ten percent and on Friday, New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in July, stood at $102.44 a barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for July, the European benchmark, was at $109.09, above OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia's target level.
"Saudi Arabia has very clearly suggested that $100 per barrel is a fair price and that OPEC will keep its output cap unchanged in the June 2014 meeting," said oil analyst Deshpande Abhishek at French bank Natixis.

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