Oil prices jump

SINGAPORE. — Oil prices jumped more than 1,5 percent yesterday after top exporter Saudi Arabia announced a supply cut in December and other producers also considered reductions heading into 2019.

Front-month Brent crude futures LCOc1, a benchmark for global oil prices, were at $71,59 per barrel at 0749 GMT, up 2 percent from their last close.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 1,6 percent to $61,15 per barrel. Saudi Arabia plans to reduce oil supply to world markets by 500 000 barrels per day (bpd) in December, its energy minister said on Sunday, as the country faces uncertain prospects in getting other producers to agree to a coordinated output cut.

Khalid al-Falih told reporters that Saudi Aramco’s customer nominations would fall by 500 000 bpd in December versus November due to seasonal lower demand. The cut represents a reduction in global oil supply of about 0,5 percent. Saudi Arabia is the de facto leader of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). An official from Kuwait, also an OPEC member, yesterday said that major oil exporters over the weekend had “discussed a proposal for some kind of cut in (crude) supply next year”, although the official did not provide any detail. OPEC’s second-biggest producer Iraq has also indicated it may join in such a move.

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