Russia Pumps Oil at Record Pace in Same Year of Global Cuts

Russia’s crude oil production climbed to a record last year even as it joined forces with OPEC to clear a global glut and lift prices.
Russian oil output increased to an average 10.98 million barrels a day in 2017, up 0.1 percent from the previous year and the highest since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, according to data published Tuesday by the Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK statistics unit.
The Kremlin’s deal with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been extended until the end of this year, a sign that allies are committed to cutting stockpiles to boost prices. The pact has helped to deliver an unprecedented period of cooperation that is re-shaping the global oil market and energy geopolitics.

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The Kremlin achieved a record despite the cut because it ramped up production to 11.23 million barrels a day in October 2016, a month before the accord was announced. Russia agreed to cut production by 300,000 barrels a day from its annual peak that month.
Even as Russia’s maneuvers enabled it to produce more than ever, its allies in OPEC are not complaining. Brent prices climbed 18 percent last year and global inventories have fallen. Following the November decision to extend the pact through 2018, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, sitting next to his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak at a press conference, said, “we are completely aligned.”
Brent rose 0.6 percent to $67.29 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange at 7:16 a.m. local time.
Oil output in December was 10.95 million barrels a day, up 0.1 percent from November, while exports dropped 5.3 percent to 5.24 million barrels a day, according to CDU-TEK.