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Saudi's Falih says more oil output cuts possible, will assess in July

Commodities Jun 03, 2017 12:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih adjusts his glasses during a news conference after an OPEC meeting in Vienna

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said further oil output cuts could be needed in the future but that OPEC and other leading producers would assess the market situation in July, Russia's TASS news agency reported on Saturday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other nations led by Russia agreed last week to extend a deal to limit global oil output for a further nine months, until March 2018.

A committee set up to monitor the cuts is set to meet in Russia in July. Falih, who has been on a visit to Russia this week, said it would then be able to judge if the cuts had been effective in supporting oil prices which have halved in the last three years on the back of a global oversupply glut.

"We have to see the market and I think by the end of June, in July we will see that the action we have taken has a big impact," TASS quoted him as saying. "If for some reason we need to do more, we will consider doing more including ... bigger cuts."

"Nothing is off the table but today nothing is on the table either. We made a deal," he added.

Russia and Saudi Arabia have recently reached a detente in a long-running rivalry that has seen the world's two biggest oil exporters spearhead the global pact to cut output.

Speaking alongside his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak in Moscow last week, Falih said he saw their new cooperation lasting after the current output agreement expires.

Saudi's Falih says more oil output cuts possible, will assess in July
 

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tony ooh
tony ooh Jun 03, 2017 3:48PM ET
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Falih took one look at the brim full cushing tanks and elsewhere and decided usa might be able to go it alone even if opec cuts to zero production. opec is not earning friends either. venezuela has been cutting since late 2015 and is now reduced to trading barrel of oil for box of pampers. and, on top of all this, opec is putting it's bet on aramco. well, i'm not invested in oil any longer, been awhile.
 
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