UAE minister reveals goals of balancing oil market

11 Apr 2019

balanced oil marketSuhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE’s Minister of Energy and Industry has revealed there is a “high probability” that the UAE could reach a balanced oil market by the end of the year, GDN Online reports.  

When speaking at the Bloomberg Invest Abu Dhabi Sumit, the minister said: "The Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in Jeddah next month will look into the prevailing market conditions and decide to continue the output cut deal or not; but the objective will be the same, which is to keep the market balanced, and see what the consensus will be.

“JMMC members will continue to monitor the conformity to the cut deal to ensure the supply is adequate to the demand.”

The minister proceeded to caution against an uncontrolled market and the importance of working to avoid that.

"An uncontrolled market means that price can go down to $20 which means investors will lose significantly or rise to $100+ in a couple of years later where we may see a slowdown as was the case before,” he said.

“Both options are not good to the global economy; both are unsustainable. We seek a balanced market that can be prosperous for investors in other sectors as well.

"We all saw what happened to the global economic growth when the price was so low, and we saw as well the slowdown when it went so high. We are not going to jump the gun; we are going to do what is required to monitor and control the market,” the minister added, in reference to the 2014-2017 period.

He went on to say that the UAE could increase production to a daily 3.5 million barrels, if found to be necessary.

"We won’t produce the volume that is not required by the market yet. In the UAE last year, our production reached 3.4 million barrels per day and we can take it to 3.5 million barrels per day if needed; but it is not going to be selling oil for others just to restore. We need eligible requirements for our oil and to make sure that oil is not used to build up inventories; there are some fundamentals that bind us in this respect."