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Russia to drive non-OPEC output rise in 2017: cartel

Non-OPEC output has helped feed a massive global supply glut that has led to a dramatic fall in oil prices since 2014, severely hurting producers/AFP

Non-OPEC output has helped feed a massive global supply glut that has led to a dramatic fall in oil prices since 2014, severely hurting producers/AFP

PARIS, France, Oct 12 – OPEC said Wednesday that new projects in Russia were set to drive oil production by countries outside the exporters’ cartel slightly higher next year than first expected.

In its monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said non-members were due to produce 56.54 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2017.

This means production outside the cartel is expected to jump by 240,000 barrels per day next year compared to this year, a slightly higher revision of its initial forecast.

OPEC said it was “mainly due to new projects coming on stream in Russia”.

For 2016, however, non-OPEC producers are set to pump a little less than first thought because of lower production in Canada, the United States, Argentina, Britain and Russia earlier in the year.

“Non-OPEC supply contraction estimated for 2016 will change to growth in 2017 for several reasons — lower declines in OECD Americas and China as well as higher growth in Latin America, Africa and FSU (ex-Soviet Union),” it said.

Non-OPEC output has helped feed a massive global supply glut that has led to a dramatic fall in oil prices since 2014, severely hurting producers.

Prices have recovered since OPEC said last month it had agreed to cut its supply by up to 750,000 barrels per day to between 32.5 and 33 million barrels per day.

Details of how to implement the agreement are due to be hammered out at its November 30 meeting in Vienna.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that his country, which is not part of the cartel, was ready to align with OPEC’s push to limit oil output.

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The statement helped push oil prices to their highest level in several months.

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