The Coronavirus Crisis Will Prompt Only Modest Cuts From OPEC+

Greg Priddy
Director, Global Energy and Middle East, Stratfor
Feb 28, 2020 | 11:00 GMT
The OPEC headquarters in Vienna.

Russia's cautious approach to oil production cuts will triumph over Saudi desires for deeper trims at the OPEC ministers meet late next week at the cartel's headquarters in Vienna.

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OPEC+ is likely to agree on a modest cut in oil production at the regularly scheduled meeting of OPEC ministers on March 5-6 in Vienna. The ministers most likely will simply agree to adopt the recommendation of the cartel's technical committee earlier this month for an evenly distributed trim of 600,000 barrels per day. At that time, Russia turned down a Saudi suggestion that an emergency ministerial meeting be scheduled, preferring instead to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak to get a better gauge of its expected impact on demand....

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