Azerbaijan invited to OPEC meeting in Vienna

  14 October 2015    Read: 643
Azerbaijan invited to OPEC meeting in Vienna
Azerbaijan has been invited to the technical meeting of oil experts from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC countries held on October 21 in Vienna, Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino told, reports.
Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino said on Tuesday that eight non-OPEC countries have been invited to an Oct. 21 oil meeting: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Mexico, Oman and Russia.

"The confirmations are coming in gradually and I`m personally calling ministers to ensure that the delegation is of the adequate level of authority," del Pino said.

Venezuela, an OPEC member, will unveil a bold new strategy this month, taking a page from the organization`s history books with a proposed price band to build an automatic floor for prices at $70 a barrel. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Venezuela`s long-time oil minister and current United Nations ambassador, Rafael Ramirez, said the proposal would reapply the old mechanism of progressive production cuts to control prices, with a "first floor" of $70 per barrel and a later target of $100 per barrel.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed a summit meeting between major world oil producers from OPEC and non-OPEC members to discuss slashing production to shore up prices that have slumped by more than half.

However, later, Kuwait`s oil minister Ali al-Omair said that OPEC has no plan to participate in a summit of oil producers proposed by Venezuela to support prices. “There will be no conference before December 4. The problem is that there is no commitment from non-OPEC producers for what they will undertake to help stabilise the market,” Ali al-Omair said.

OPEC last met this summer in Vienna, when it agreed to leave its production ceiling unchanged at 30 million barrels per day. The next meeting of the cartel will take place on Dec. 4.

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