Oil producers agree to cut production by a tenth

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10th April, 2020 01:58:12 printer

Oil producers agree to cut production by a tenth


Opec producers and allies have agreed to cut output by around 10% to counter the slump in demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns.

The group said it would cut output in May and June by 10 million barrels to help prop up prices. The cuts will then be eased gradually until April 2022.

Opec+, made up of Opec producers and allies including Russia, held talks on Thursday via video conference.

Talks were complicated by disagreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia, reports BBC.

The group and its allies agreed to cut 10 million barrels a day or 10% of global supplies from their pre-crisis levels. Another 5 million barrels is expected to be cut by other nations, reports BBC.

It said the cuts would be eased to eight million barrels a day between July and December. Then they would be eased again to six million barrels between January 2021 and April 2022.

Oil prices slumped in March after Opec+ failed to agree cuts.