On October 14 2019, sources reported that OPEC and its non-OPEC allies in the production cut deal achieved a compliance rate of more than 200% with their cuts in September, primarily due to the September attacks on vital oil facilities in OPEC’s largest producer Saudi Arabia. According to OPEC secondary sources, Saudi oil production plunged by 1.28 million bpd to 8.564 million bpd in September.
Other members with lower production include non-compliant Iraq and Nigeria who cut some of their overproduction but were still off target. In Iran production declined by 34,000 bpd to 2.159 million bpd. In Venezuela production plunged by 82,000 bpd to average just 644,000 bpd in September.
Russia, largest non-OPEC producer part of the pact, saw oil production inch down in September, to 11.25 million bpd from 11.29 million bpd in August, but still above Moscow’s cap under the deal.
Due to the attacks on Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s total production slumped by 1.318 million bpd from August to 28.491 million bpd in September. Additionally, it was found that OPEC pumped 28.45 million bpd of crude oil last month, down by 1.48 million bpd from August – the steepest monthly drop in nearly 17 years.