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Russia, Saudi Arabia push for big hike in oil output despite Iran opposition

VIENNA/MOSCOW: Russia and Saudi Arabia are pushing OPEC and its allies to raise oil output steeply from July to meet growing demand and cover supply outages in Venezuela and Libya despite opposition from several members of the producer group including Iran. “Oil demand usually grows at the steepest pace in the third quarter ... We could face a deficit if we don’t take measures,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters. “In our view, this could lead to market overheating.” Novak said Russia wanted OPEC…

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output and jobs due to Brexit, diesel slump: source

LONDON: Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will cut around 1,000 jobs and production at two of its English factories due to a fall in sales caused by uncertainty around Brexit and confusion over diesel policy, a source told Reuters. Output will be cut at its central English Solihull and Castle Bromwich plants, affecting some 1,000 agency workers, the source said. A spokesman at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) declined to comment on the number of jobs which would be lost but the firm said it would be making changes to…

Saudi Arabian oil minister hopes OPEC, allies can ease output curbs in 2019

NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia hopes OPEC and its allies will be able to relax production curbs next year and create a permanent framework to stabilise oil markets after the current supply cut deal ends this year, its oil minister said on Saturday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is reducing output by about 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) as part of a deal with Russia and other non-OPEC producers. The pact, aimed at propping oil prices, began in January 2017 and will run until the end of 2018.…

OPEC output cut may hasten oil market rebalance: IEA

SINGAPORE: The oversupplied oil market will be rebalanced earlier than expected if major crude producers implement a deal to cap output when they meet next month, the International Energy Agency chief said Tuesday. Under current conditions, the IEA expects global output to exceed demand until the second half of 2017, Fatih Birol told journalists on the sidelines of an energy conference in Singapore. "But we know that the producers are thinking of intervening in the markets. The OPEC and non-OPEC producers, if they…

Oil bosses upbeat on market rebound

LONDON: Movers and shakers from the oil industry descended on London last week and expressed optimism over a sharp rebound in the beleaguered crude market later this year.

Oil prices resume slide in Asia

SINGAPORE: Oil prices resumed their slide in Asia Wednesday as long-running concerns over the saturated market overshadowed talk of possible coordination between some major producers to slash output.