OPEC Attains over 90% Compliance to Production Cuts

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  • As Mobil Producing Nigeria gets new MD

By Ejiofor Alike with agency reports

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has attained over 90 per cent compliance by its members to the cartel’s output cuts pledged in January, according to figures the exporter group uses to monitor its supply, making a strong start in implementing its first production cut in eight years.
This is coming as Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited has announced the appointment of Mr. Paul McGrath as the new Chairman and Managing Director effective March 1, 2017.
OPEC had cut its crude output by about 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January 1 to prop up oil prices and reduce a supply glut.

Reuters reported that supply from the 11 OPEC members with production targets under the deal in January has fallen to 29.921 million bpd, according to the average assessments of the six secondary sources OPEC uses to monitor its output seen by Reuters.
This amounts to 92 per cent compliance, according to an OPEC calculation.
Compliance of 92 per cent comfortably exceeds the initial 60 per cent achieved when OPEC’s previous deal to cut was implemented in 2009, and the OPEC figures add to indications that adherence so far has been high.

OPEC is scheduled to publish its first assessment of January production based on the secondary-source figures in its monthly oil market report on Monday. The figures could be revised before they are published, sources said.
In a related development, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited has announced the appointment of Mr. Paul McGrath as the new Chairman and Managing Director effective March 1, 2017.
A statement by the company’s Manager in charge of Media and Communications, Mr. Oge Udeagha, announced that McGrath would succeed Mr. Nolan O’Neal, who has elected to retire after 34 years of service.

McGrath was most recently a senior executive in charge of project execution for ExxonMobil Development Company, based in Houston, Texas.
He joined ExxonMobil in 1999 and has held a variety of technical and managerial positions in upstream and downstream operations while working in the United Kingdom, Korea, Qatar, Australia and the United States.