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UAE says Opec+ cuts aimed to balance oil market

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UAE energy minister Suhail Al Mazrouei is concerned about future supply shortages due to low investment

The UAE energy minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said that additional voluntary output cuts by the Opec+ producer group were implemented to balance the oil market.

Mazrouei, who briefed reporters on the sidelines of the World Utilities Congress, said he was concerned about future supply shortages due to low investment.

“I’m not that worried about the very short term, I think we can manage balancing the supply with demand. I’m more worried about the level of investment required for years to come,” he said.

In a surprise move in early April, Saudi Arabia and other Opec+ members announced further oil output cuts of around 1.2 million barrels per day.

The announcement helped push oil prices sharply higher, but those gains have since been erased as fears of a global economic slowdown spook investors.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies led by Russia, or Opec+, are set to meet in Vienna on June 4 to decide on their next course of action.  

Reuters reported earlier that Opec+ will hold its June 4 policy meeting in person in Vienna, citing four informed sources.

Opec’s Gulf producers Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE maintained high compliance with their targets under the Opec+ deal, keeping output steady, a Reuters survey found earlier.