OPEC+ oil producers have raised their output target by 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) each month since August as they unwind production curbs. However, they have repeatedly failed to hit those targets as some producers struggle to restore output. The IEA in its last monthly report said the gap between the target and output in January had widened to 900,000 bpd. The UAE Energy minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei, stated tensions between Russia and the West were driving oil prices rather than a fundamental shortage that would warrant accelerated output increases.
- IEA’s Birol again urges OPEC+ to narrow gap between oil targets and output