OPEC members Nigeria, Venezuela to cut output
30 September 2006
Two of the 11-member OPEC, Nigeria and Venezuela, have announced their intention to cut back on oil production in a bid to stem falling oil prices. In the last two months prices of oil have come down by nearly 20 per cent from their peak of $77 two months ago.
countries said that their production cuts were part
of an informal agreement to bring down production if
oil prices declined.
Nigerian oil minister, Edmund Daukoru, who is the OPEC president this year, recently was recently quoted as having said that the price of oil was "very low," while Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez says the "appropriate" price for oil was $50-60 a barrel.
The proposed cutback between the two OPEC members would translate to around 170,000 barrels a day, with Nigeria's proposed cut back being more than twice that of Venezuela's cut of 50,000 barrels a day. Venexuela pumps 2.5 million barrels per day. Nigeria, which pumps 3.8 million barrels daily will cut down 120,000 barrels.
say the threat of production intervention by OPEC has
been responsible for slowing the decline in oil prices.