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Goldman Sachs Raises Oil Price Forecast Following OPEC Deal

The agreement which OPEC+ reached on Sunday is modestly bullish for Goldman Sachs’s forecast that Brent will hit $80 per barrel this summer, the investment bank said in a note after the group agreed to start adding 400,000 bpd production each month from August.

For months, Goldman Sachs has been calling for $80 a barrel oil this summer, expecting strong demand recovery, despite expectations that Iranian oil could return legitimately to the market at some point, and despite the two-week-long stalemate within OPEC+ about how the group would proceed with oil supply management.

Last week, Goldman Sachs reiterated its $80 price forecast for Brent crude despite reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had reached a deal on oil production that would extend the OPEC+ deal until the end of next year.

On Sunday, OPEC+ agreed to extend the deal from April 2020 through the end of December 2022 and to add 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) on a monthly basis beginning in August 2021 and until phasing out all the 5.8 million bpd the group is currently keeping off the market, in light of improving global oil demand. The group also gave higher baseline production levels as of May 2022 not only to the UAE but also to Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait, and Iraq.

“The agreement had two distinct points of focus: a moderate increase in production which will keep the market in deficit in the coming months, as well as guidance for higher capacity which will be needed in coming years given growing under-investment,” Goldman Sachs said in a note, as carried by Reuters.

The agreement that OPEC+ reached is a $2 per barrel “upside” to Goldman’s $80 a barrel call for this summer, as well as a $5 upside to the forecast of Brent of $75 a barrel next year, the bank said.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on July 19 2021 said:
    While the UAE doesn’t get the baseline production of 3.8 million barrels a day (mbd) it wanted, it still gets its baseline production lifted from 3.17 mbd currently to 3.5 mbd along with Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

    This is a much fairer deal that puts a lid on any impasses inside OPEC+ for some time into the future, ensures enough supplies to satisfy the global economy and prevent a supply deficit in early 2022 and also supports oil prices.

    While oil prices fell with the market digesting the implications of the deal, Brent crude will soon resume its surge towards $80 a barrel during the third quarter of this year.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London

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