Kazakhstan to Increase Oil Production under OPEC Agreement

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Energy Minister Nurlan Nogayev participated in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ministerial meeting held Jan. 5 that permitted Kazakhstan to increase oil production by 10,000 barrels a day in February and March, reported the Kazakh Energy Ministry’s press service. 

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In December 2019, OPEC and other major oil-producing countries, collectively known as OPEC+, including Kazakhstan and Russia, also agreed to increase oil production by 500,000 barrels per day starting January bringing the total production cuts to 7.2 million barrels per day amid a global spike in coronavirus cases that weighed down on the global oil demand.  

While all other participants of the agreement will keep their oil output unchanged, Kazakhstan is expected to produce 1,427,000 barrels per day in February and 1,427,000 million barrels per day in March. 

Russia will also slightly raise its oil output by 65,000 barrels per day that will bring the country’s oil production to 9,184,000 barrels per day in February and 9,249,000 barrels per day in March. 

At the same time, Saudi Arabia unilaterally committed to a one million barrel oil cut per day in the next two months.    

Though OPEC remains cautious about the coronavirus pandemic straining the global economy further, Nogayev said the joint efforts of countries, which committed to the largest oil cut under the OPEC agreement in April 2019, allowed for the stabilizing of global oil prices and continued to have a positive impact on the oil industry. 

As coronavirus cases surge again around the world and countries bring back stricter lockdown measures, “slight fragile economic recovery is expected to carry over into 2021,” OPEC explained in a statement released after the meeting.  

“Market sentiment has been buoyed recently by vaccine programs and improved asset markets, but underscores the need for caution due to prevailing weak demand and poor refining margins, the high stock overhang, and other underlying uncertainties,” said the statement. 

The countries will meet in March to review the developments and determine oil output adjustments for April. 

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