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Oil edges as Saudis discuss extending supply cut

By Osamu Tsukimori

Tokyo, japan (Reuters) – Oil prices edged on Monday following the Saudi oil minister discussed possibly extending a pact to chop global oil supplies beyond March 2018 together with his Venezuelan and Kazakh counterparts.

News from the talks on Sunday helped offset downward pressure on oil prices among worries that energy demand could be hit hard by Hurricane Irma and it is aftermath.

The hurricane bumped out capacity to over 3 million homes and companies in Florida on Sunday. It’s forecast to weaken to some tropical storm over northern Florida or southern Georgia afterwards Monday.

U.S. crude for October delivery (CLc1) was up 39 cents, or .8 percent, at $47.87 a barrel by 0409 GMT, getting tumbled 3.3 % on Friday.

London Brent crude for November delivery (LCOc1) was up 22 cents, or .4 %, at $54, getting settled lower 1.3 %.

“The oil market reacted towards the Saudi talks,” stated Tomomichi Akuta, senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Talking to in Tokyo, japan. “The stop by U.S. oil refining can also be to become offset by greater processing at other nations, so worries more than a substantial decline in oil demand are fading.”

Hurricane Harvey – which hit two days ago – pressed the U.S. refinery use rate to some seven-year low, but largely able to escape oil and petrochemical plants across the U.S. Gulf Coast from significant damage. Some units are actually restarting after shutdowns in front of or throughout the earlier storm.

Motiva Enterprises was beginning in the large crude unit – a bit more than 50 % of capacity – at its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Sunday, based on a resource acquainted with plant operations.

OPEC along with other producers, including Russia, have decided to reduce crude output by about 1.8 million barrels each day with the finish of next March inside a bid to lessen global oil inventories and support oil prices.

The Saudi energy ministry stated Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih agreed together with his Kazakh counterpart the choice to extend the rebalancing effort could be considered in the end.

Elsewhere, Iran will achieve an oil production rate of four.5 million barrels each day (bpd) within 5 years, a senior Iranian industry official stated on Sunday. Iran continues to be producing around 3.8 million bpd in recent several weeks.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday also suspended any dialogue with Qatar, accusing it of “distorting details”, soon after a study of an appointment between your leaders of these two countries recommended a breakthrough within the dispute which requires the Uae, Egypt and Bahrain.

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