UAE says OPEC price cut aims to suppress North American shale oil production

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UAE Says OPEC Will No Longer Shore Up Oil Price

From Agence France-Presse
via Yahoo News
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday that OPEC will no longer move to shore up crude prices, arguing that rising North American shale oil output needs to be curbed.

World prices have been falling since June but the pace of the slide accelerated in November when the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain its production unchanged at 30 million barrels per day.

Analysts say that richer cartel members like the UAE have been ready to accept the price fall in the hope that it will force higher-cost shale producers out of the market.

"We cannot continue to be protecting a certain price," the UAE energy minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei, said.

"We have seen the oversupply, coming primarily from shale oil, and that needed to be corrected," he told participants in the Gulf Intelligence UAE Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi. ...

For the remainder of the report:

http://news.yahoo.com/opec-cannot-protect-oil-price-uae-minister-0739026...



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