OPEC confirms 10.0 mln bpd cuts will start May 1 - UPDATED

OPEC confirms 10.0 mln bpd cuts will start May 1 - UPDATED
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Saudi Arabia, Russia and other petroleum-exporting nations agreed on Thursday to substantial cuts in production amid a market glut that has pushed prices to historic lows, APA reports citing Sputnik.

According to the terms of the deal, 13 OPEC+ nations have collectively agreed to reduce their production by 10 million barrels per day for May and June, with Saudi Arabia slashing production by 3.3 million bpd and Russia by 2 million bpd, the Wall Street Journal reported. The deal takes effect on May 1.

After two months, the ceiling would be raised by 2 million bpd, then in December the ceiling would be raise by 2 million more barrels per day. In January, a third increase would set production at 16 million bpd - a quota that would persist until April 2022, according to Reuters.

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Most OPEC+ nations have agreed on quotas as part of joint plans to cut production, a source in one of the delegations taking part in Thursday's OPEC+ meeting confirmed to Sputnik, APA reports.

"So far, everything is going very well. Most countries have given their initial consent to the allocation of quotas proposed by the OPEC+ Monitoring Committee. At the moment, if there are no unforeseen disagreements, the probability of signing a final agreement is high," the source said.

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