February 8, 2020 / 5:18 AM / 9 days ago

Oman supports deeper oil output cut amid coronavirus outbreak

DUBAI (Reuters) - Oman’s oil minister said on Saturday that his country supports the recommendations made by an OPEC+ technical panel for a short, deeper oil output cut until the end of June.

“Oman supports the recommendation of OPEC+ JTC for a potential short, deeper cut agreement, where OPEC+ would reduce oil output immediately until the end of the second quarter, while we continue monitoring the impact of the coronavirus on oil demand growth,” Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy told Reuters.

A technical panel, known as the JTC, that advises OPEC and its allies, led by Russia - a grouping known as OPEC+ - proposed on Thursday a provisional cut of 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), three sources told Reuters.

OPEC producers in OPEC+ are currently discussing whether to meet earlier than their scheduled gather in Vienna on March 5-6.

Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Stephen Coates

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