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Monday, 22 January 2018 | MYT 6:31 AM

Kuwait, UAE, Russia comment on oil situation

MUSCAT: The deal on supply cuts among global oil producers aims to address excess oil inventories, which are still high, rather than price levels, Oman's oil minister Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi said on Sunday.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the joint ministerial committee which oversees implementation of the global deal. Sunday's meeting will not discuss an exit strategy from the supply cuts, he said.

The current oil price level is healthy for investment in the oil industry and for the global economy, Rumhi added, saying there was concern about a lack of investment in the industry. Brent crude is just below $70 a barrel.

Rumhi also said that global oil producers were due to discuss in November this year whether to renew their cooperation agreement on supply cuts or enter a new type of agreement. Oman is in favour of reaching a new type of deal, he said.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday oil producing countries are determined to take this output cut agreement to the end.

The UAE's energy minister said on Sunday that he expected a rebound of shale oil supply and that OPEC producers were not underestimating its impact.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the joint ministerial committee, Suhail al-Mazroui also said he expected compliance levels in December with the agreement to be good. - Reuters