普京:与欧佩克的石油协议可延至2018年底 – 中国国际能源舆情研究中心

普京:与欧佩克的石油协议可延至2018年底

【Worldoil网10月4日报道】俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔•普京表示,俄罗斯愿意将与欧佩克达成的石油协议延长到2018年底,不过他将等到3月份现有的协议期满后再做出决定。这番言论是迄今为止最强烈的信号,表明克里姆林宫愿意加倍努力提高全球能源价格。

Putin says oil pact with OPEC may be extended to end of 2018

MOSCOW and LONDON (Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin said Russia is open to extending a deal with OPEC to curb oil supplies to the end of 2018, though he’ll wait to make a decision until nearer the expiry of the existing pact in March.

The comments are the strongest signal yet that the Kremlin is willing to redouble efforts to lift global energy prices, coming as Putin prepares to welcome King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to Russia for the first time this week. Energy Minister Alexander Novak last month signaled willingness to prolong the cuts if needed, while also making clear the commitment wasn’t open-ended.

“Based on the realities in March 2018, we will make our decision, but I do not rule out that we may extend” the agreement, Putin said at the Russian Energy Week conference in Moscow on Wednesday. “If we speak about a possible extension, then of course, it should be at least until the end of 2018.”

Brent crude pared losses to reach an intraday high of $55.89/bbl following Putin’s comments. The international benchmark was down 0.4% at $55.78 in London.

Russia, which relies on energy for more than a third of its budget revenue, reached a historic accord last year with OPEC to cut production, hoping to eliminate a global oversupply. While the nation’s economic growth accelerated to the fastest pace in almost five years in the second quarter amid recovery in crude prices, the supply glut has taken longer than expected to clear. Growing U.S. shale output means the market could return to surplus again next year if the producers were to reverse their curbs.

Russia’s budget revenue from oil and gas taxes, which earlier this year recovered to 2015 levels, fell again by July on crude-price fluctuations and a stronger ruble. While oil prices have since returned to a bull market, risks remain and crude could fall as low as $40/bbl next year, according to the nation’s central bank.

OPEC and its allies have already discussed prolonging their deal well into the second half of 2018, people familiar with the matter said last month. The group’s own forecasts show that even with demand for its oil likely to increase next year, reversing the cuts could potentially tip the market back into surplus.

March Decision

“We’ll have to see how the global energy balance looks in March 2018,” Putin said. “We are in contact with our key partners and with OPEC as a whole, and with major producers.”

The outlook for oil is much brighter than it was a year ago, with fuel stockpiles on course to return to the five-year average after a long period of surplus, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said at the same conference in Moscow. However, even when equilibrium is restored to the market, major producers will need to keep working together, he said.

“We are looking beyond the rebalancing of this market, to further institutionalize this strategic partnership between OPEC and non-OPEC, through the Russian Federation,” Barkindo said. “We’ll be able to sustain the issue of cooperation beyond the issue of supply and demand and stocks, to begin to address issues like investments."

( 译者:吴广慧  审校:国依依 )

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