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UAE Quietly Boosts Oil Production Capacity Ahead of OPEC Meeting

  • ADNOC increased its oil production capacity to 4.85 million bpd ahead of the next OPEC meeting.
  • The country’s stated aim is to reach 5 million bpd capacity by 2027.
  • OPEC’s current production cuts are set to run through the end of June, but the group may decide to extend those cuts at its next meeting.

The United Arab Emirates state-owned oil company, Adnoc, has updated its maximum crude oil production capacity figure—and without much fanfare.

ADNOC has quietly updated the figure on its website but did not make an official announcement. The new capacity is 4.85 million barrels per day (bpd)—up from the 4.65 million bpd that it published in 2023. Its published natural gas production capacity is 11.5 bcf per day.

ADNOC has plans to increase its oil production capacity to 5 million bpd by 2027—a target the state-owned oil company set years ago. 

The production capacity hike comes as the UAE’s oil production fell in March, according to OPEC’s secondary sources as the group struggles to bring production down to agreed-upon levels in hopes of balancing the global oil markets.

The UAE—OPEC’s third-largest producer—has clashed with the OPEC group in the past as it is anxiously waiting to boost its oil production and tap its increased capacity. Last summer, the UAE said it would not join in OPEC’s voluntary production cuts and has argued for years that it should be allowed to pump more as it lifts its production capacity. And last June, OPEC+ caved and revised the UAE’s quota up to 3.219 million bpd for 2024.

OPEC’s current production cuts—a “precautionary” measure—are set to run through the end of June, although a June 1 OPEC+ meeting will determine whether OPEC should extend the cuts further or whether they should begin the gradual process of unwinding them.

But OPEC’s Secretary General Haitham Al Ghais warned those who were predicting the beginning of the end of oil should be careful lest those dangerous predictions “foster energy policies that stoke energy chaos.”

OPEC has insisted forecasts that predict the EV revolution and green transition as a whole are not grounded in reality—and that counting on this fictitious oil demand drop-off could lead to policies that would eventually cause the oil supply and demand balance to swing to a deficit, leading to higher oil prices.

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com


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  • Mamdouh Salameh on May 02 2024 said:
    UAE’s oil production never exceeded on average 3.2 million barrels a day (mbd). That is why OPEC only agreed to raise Its quota from 3.0 mbd to 3.219 mbd in 2021.

    Therefore, the claim that UAE has raised its production capacity from 4.65 mbd to 4.85 mbd when it never achieved its OPEC quota of 3.219 mbd comes as a great surprise if not being unbelievable.

    The only explanation is that by making such a claim, UAE is preempting OPEC asking it in its June meeting to contribute to current production cuts.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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