Oil prices could rise further, efforts to boost output 'not encouraging': UAE minister

Opec+ is currently 2.6 million barrels per day short of its target



Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

By Agencies

Published: Thu 9 Jun 2022, 6:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 9 Jun 2022, 3:17 PM

Oil prices are “nowhere near” their peak as an impending rise in Chinese demand threatens to strain a global market already pinched by tight supplies, UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said on Wednesday.

The comments serve as an acknowledgment that last week’s decision by the Opec+ coalition to bolster output will give consumers little respite from the soaring cost of energy this summer, said Bloomberg in a report.

Efforts by Opec+ oil producers to boost output are “not encouraging”, the UAE minister told an energy conference in Jordan, noting the group was currently 2.6 million barrels per day short of its target.

“The risk is when China is back,” Al Mazrouei said in an apparent reference to Chinese demand. Prospects for demand growth in China, which is relaxing lockdowns, have been buoying crude prices recently.

Al Mazrouei warned that without more investment across the globe, Opec+ can’t guarantee sufficient oil supplies as demand fully recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Prices can reach “unseen” levels if Russian oil and gas is completely taken off the market, he said.

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