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As OPEC Struggles, UAE Energy Minister Calls Out U.S. Shale To Cut Production

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While OPEC is still struggling to get all its members on the same page regarding the promised production cuts, UAE Energy Minister is calling non-OPEC oil producers to join the fight, including Russia and even US shale.

“It takes more than OPEC to stabilize the market – there is a realization that other big players need to do their jobs” including US shale, United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei said to Bloomberg Television on Wednesday. "If we all collectively agree that there is an oversupply then we need to collectively participate in fixing this. We are sending an open invitation to everyone."

And while almost everyone—including many US shale players—would agree that there is an oversupply pressing down prices, the typical M.O. of the US is to let the market dictate price, and let the chips (or shale players) fall where they may.

On Thursday, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who prefers the phrase “market price” to “low price” in reference to today’s $50 oil, emphasized in a separate Bloomberg interview his commitment to “market forces”.

“We think there should not be a setting of quotas by various countries, as is being discussed,” Moniz said, adding that the US has said as much to the Saudi Energy Minister during previous dialogues.

Moniz pointed out that the market was already in the process of correcting itself, which can be seen by the drop is US production from 9.4 million barrels a day in 2015, to an extrapolated average of 8.6 million to 8.7 million per day in 2016—a natural decline driven by the lower (or market) prices.

Russia and US shale aside, OPEC still has a long way to go internally to hash out an agreement, what with OPEC still squabbling over even the starting point for OPEC negotiations—what September production numbers really were—a small detail that could mean a half-million-barrel swing over what figures to use for Venezuela and Iraq September production. The September production numbers, if they are ever agreed upon, will be used to determine production levels going forward after the 30 November meeting.

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  • carl on October 15 2016 said:
    with all the comments in the past from the different opec oil ministers saying US shale had no effect on oil prices, world production numbers, storage capacities, etc., now they want to include the US shale industry in the attempt to lower production to raise oil prices? when times are good, the lowly americans are beneath us and mean nothing, but when times are really bad, we need their help because they're important to us? as i've been saying for years since dealing with them all over the middle east...they're JUST like spoiled little children...every one of them.

    a better solution would be to disband opec's current structure. make every producing country in the world a member of a new global organization, and have foreign reps in each country monitoring production & export numbers. have term limits for each rep's time spent as a rep living in each country. replace reps every few years so they do not become too "friendly" to whatever country they are living in.
  • kkollwitz on October 14 2016 said:
    "Stable" as in "more costly." Yawn.
  • GregSS on October 14 2016 said:
    Apparently the UAE Energy Minister hasn't been paying attention, as the Shale producers have already cut production by almost a million barrels, while OPEC on the other hand has been pumping as fast as they can.
  • Bob on October 13 2016 said:
    I guess we will see in November but this plea from the UAE for all non-OPEC producers to take a hit suggests that OPEC's recent idea to reduce their production might not have a lot of substance.

    Does it make sense for non-OPEC producers to even contemplate restrictions when some major OPEC members are exempt?
  • Bud on October 13 2016 said:
    The math is not difficult. The main GCC producers of Saudi, UAE and Kuwait need to cut back by 1.5 million bpd in order to meet an OPEC cap of 33 Mbpd.
    Everyone else is coming back from war, disruptions or sanctions.

    The U.S. Has already cut more than a million barrels per day in production and has endured an industrial recession costing about a million good jobs.

    At 50 wti U.S. Production will likely remain flat plus or minus delta in GOM production as the better capitalized mid cap e&p,s slowly consolidate the over leveraged small cap drillers with no access to capital. However, this has largely played out and Saudi will need to decide whether or not they will cut back by up to a million barrels or burn up reserves via current account deficits indefinitely.

    They have set the stage for their restructuring as their eastern fields decline, but they also don't want to ipo ARAMCO in a sub 50 environment while fielding questions about the ghawar field reserves. Strategically they have received as much of a victory as should have been hoped. Post election the will make a tactical retreat since the gain very little otherwise.

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