Oil sold out of tanker off Malaysia, undermining Opec cuts


Dateline 2017-02-24, FMT:

Traders are selling oil held in tankers anchored off Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in a sign that the production cut led by Opec is starting to have the desired effect of drawing down bloated inventories.

Yet in the short-term, the crude released from tankers will weigh on markets and possibly undermine Opec’s goal of achieving a balanced market by mid-2017.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and other producers outside the group, including Russia, announced late last year that they would cut output by almost 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) during the first half of 2017, looking to drain a glut that pulled down prices from over US$100 per barrel in 2014 to around US$56.50 currently.

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