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Will The UAE Further Boost Its OPEC Compliance?

Following Saudi Arabia’s pledge to do the same, the United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday its plans to reduce oil exports beginning in September of this year.

The announcement was delivered on Twitter from UAE’s Minister of Energy, Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, reiterating its commitment to “share in OPEC production cut.”

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As for the UAE’s oil customers, we’re talking about mostly Japan, who receives 62 percent of the UAE’s crude oil exports, according to the UAE Embassy website.

Saudi Arabia pointed fingers at OPEC’s less compliant members over the weekend, which included the UAE, who had agreed to shave 139,000 bpd of production to stay under 2.874 million bpd—down from its reference level of 3.013 million bpd.  Unshockingly, the UAE, which is comprised of individual emirates that are responsible for managing their own oil production and resource development, failed to hit its production promises every month since the deal was signed.

January reduction            55,000   = 40 percent compliant

February reduction         85,000 = 61 percent compliant

March reduction               118,000 = 85 percent compliant

April reduction                  107,000 = 77 percent compliant

May reduction                  114,000 = 82 percent compliant

June reduction                  115,000 = 83 percent compliant

Related: Daily OPEC Oil Prices Now Public For The First Time Ever

While overall, the UAE is responsible only for a total of 240,000 barrels of over production throughout the entire six-month period, it remains the fifth largest exporter of crude oil in the world, totaling $46.8 billion in sales each year.

What’s obviously missing from the UAE’s promise is its commitment to stick to the OPEC agreement, which deals with production rather than exports. The UAE consumes less than a third of its total crude oil production—so it is unclear, assuming it continues to overproduce, exactly what the UAE intends on doing with the 10 percent it is shaving off its September exports.

By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com

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