As far as the markets are concerned, the key feature of the agreement is the additional production cut by Saudi Arabia.The Saudi oil minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, called the move “the Saudi lollipop” as he announced it during a news conference after the meeting.
The oil officials met over the weekend in Vienna to decide what to do about markets that have weakened in recent weeks. Prince Abdulaziz had been particularly vocal about warning that the group might cut production to shore up prices and trip up traders betting on lower prices.
Other producers, including Russia, have been less enthusiastic about scaling back production.
Sunday’s meeting occurred only two months after OPEC Plus announced an earlier round of cuts. Those trims began in May and have had little time to make an impact. Analysts also say that the oil markets — where prices have slipped about 12 percent since mid-April — have been heavily influenced by broader economic factors, including China’s weaker-than-expected economic growth since the end of its “zero Covid” policies. That could lessen the impact of supply cuts.
On Thursday and Friday, after Washington reached a deal on the debt ceiling, prices for Brent crude, the international benchmark, rose about $3 a barrel to about $76, but prices remain slightly below their levels on the eve of the April cut.
Saudi Arabia’s announcement comes a couple of days before the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit the country for talks with Saudi leaders.