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Oil prices jump on Opec move

Oil producing countries stayed with their gradual approach to restore output slashed during pandemic, agreeing to add only 400,000 barrels per day in November
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AP   |   Frankfurt   |   Published 05.10.21, 01:21 AM

Oil prices jumped Monday after Opec and allied oil producing countries stayed with their gradual approach to restoring output slashed during the pandemic, agreeing to add only 400,000 barrels per day in November. 

The decision on Monday by the Vienna-based oil cartel tracks with its established schedule of adding back that amount of oil every month until deep cuts made in 2020 to support prices during the depth of the pandemic recession are restored next year.

The situation has changed since then as the global economy recovers. The decision comes amid stronger demand for oil products like gasoline and jet fuel, as driving and flying pick up around the globe due to the easing of restrictions aimed at containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

On top of that, unusually high prices for natural gas are pushing some electricity producers in Asia to switch from natural gas to oil-based products, helping support prices.



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