Iraq oil minister: OPEC monitoring oil prices, seeks market balance

Iraq oil minister: OPEC monitoring oil prices, seeks market balance
"We have entered a challenging period," said Ihsan Abdul Jabbar.
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26 September, 2022
OPEC+ has ramped up oil output this year, looking to unwind record cuts during the pandemic [Getty]

Iraq's Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar on Monday said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies including Russia, known as OPEC+, are monitoring the oil price situation, wanting to have a balance in the markets.

"We don't want a sharp increase in oil prices or a collapse," he said in a televised interview on state TV.

Oil prices fell $2 a barrel on Monday, settling at nine-month lows in choppy trade, pressured by a strengthening dollar as market participants awaited details on new sanctions on Russia.

Brent crude future projections for November settled down at $84.06 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for November delivery dropped to $76.71.

"We entered a challenging period. Global factors led to the decrease [in oil prices], most importantly lower growth and higher inflation rates," Abdul Jabbar said.

OPEC+, has this year ramped up oil output, looking to unwind record cuts put in place in 2020 after the pandemic slashed demand.

However, OPEC+ in recent months has failed to achieve its planned output increases due to underinvestment in oilfields by some OPEC members and by losses in Russian output

Reporting by Reuters