By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan fulfilled its obligations under OPEC+ agreement in February by maintaining its production of crude oil at 593,000 barrels, the Energy Ministry has reported.
During the reported month, the country’s daily oil production, including condensate, amounted to 741,000 barrels. Out of the total daily oil production, crude oil amounted to 593,000 barrels and condensate to 148,000 barrels.
According to the Declaration of Cooperation, Azerbaijan, which produced 718,000 barrels of oil per day in October 2018, should maintain the daily crude oil production at 595,000 barrels by reducing 123,000 barrel in February 2021.
In April 2020, OPEC and non-OPEC countries entered into an agreement on the reduction of daily oil production by 9.7 million barrels in May-June and 164,000 barrels for Azerbaijan.
In the second phase of the agreement, covering the period from August 1 to December 31, the daily production of crude oil in OPEC+ countries was reduced by 7.7 million barrels, which is 18 percent less than in October 2018.
At the 12th Ministerial Meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC countries, it was decided to reduce the daily production of crude oil by 7.2 million barrels in January 2021 and to regulate the increase in daily production provided, that it does not exceed 0.5 million barrels, through monthly OPEC+ Ministerial Meetings.
Azerbaijan’s commitment, according to the new “Declaration on Cooperation”, was 123,000 barrels in January 2021. Thus, in January, Azerbaijan has to increase daily oil production by 8,000 barrels and keep production at the level of 595,000 barrels.
Additionally, at the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the OPEC+ countries, it was decided to continue the existing quotas on daily crude oil production in February-March, and later, at the 14th Ministerial Meeting to continue with the existing quotas on daily crude oil production in April.
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