The Saudi energy minister said on Monday it was premature to say whether there was consensus among OPEC and its allies to extend a supply cut agreement, but a meeting in May would be key as by then the effect of current reductions would be clearer.
“JMMC will be a key decision point because we will certainly by then know where the consensus view is and, more importantly, before we ask for consensus, we will know where the fundamentals are pointing. I think May is going to be key,” Khalid al-Falih said.
Oil inventories remain higher than average but the market is on its way towards rebalancing, Falih added.
Note that a joint OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial committee known as the JMMC is set to meet in May.