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Saudi keen to maintain oil market share

(Reuters)
Filed on April 29, 2015

Speaking to reporters in Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz described the oil market as “excellent”, suggesting the Opec heavyweight was comfortable with current global conditions.


Khobar — Saudi Arabia’s high crude oil production policy is based on the status of global demand and the top oil exporter is keen to maintain its market share, the kingdom’s deputy oil minister said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz described the oil market as “excellent”, suggesting the Opec heavyweight was comfortable with current global conditions.

“As the minister mentioned, the kingdom responds to demand and supplies oil to wherever the demand is and whoever asks for it,” he said. “We care about our market share, we care about maintaining our customers and we care about the stability of the market.”

Abdulaziz was referring to previous comments made by oil minister Ali Al Naimi who said last week that the kingdom was producing near-record levels of crude in April at around 10 million barrels per day.

“I have said many times we will always be happy to supply our customers with what they want. Now they want 10 million,” Naimi told Reuters in the South Korean capital. Opec had said its overall output surged to 30.79 million bpd in March, up 810,000 bpd from the previous month, with demand higher than expected due to lower prices. 

Yet there are some worries that growing output from Saudi Arabia and other members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or Opec, could snuff out a recent rebound in oil prices, at a time when oil markets have staged a fragile recovery. Oil prices have almost halved since June last year in a drop that deepened after Opec refused to cut production in November to maintain its market share against other competing sources of supply.  





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