Oil Prices Drip to $62 Despite OPEC Cuts Extension

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The global price for Brent crude, on Tuesday, plunged to $62 per barrel. This comes despite an extension to productions cuts agreed by members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies by a further nine months.

According to a report by Bloomberg, oil prices had its worst reaction to an OPEC meeting in more than four years, with prices sliding just after the cartel agreed to prolong production curbs as fears about the global economy mount.

Brent, against which Nigeria’s crude oil is priced, fell by $2.52 to $62.54 as of 9.20pm Nigerian time, Punch reported on Tuesday.

The drop in crude prices on Tuesday was an “anomaly,” OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Barkindo, told reporters in Vienna, according to Bloomberg.

The 6th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, focused their deliberations on recent oil market developments and the immediate prospects, according to a statement.

The group said, “In view of the underlying large uncertainties and its potential implications on the global oil market, the 6th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting hereby decided to extend the decision taken on voluntary production adjustments at the 5th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting on December 7, 2018, for an additional period of nine months from July 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

 

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