September 8, 2017 / 11:28 AM / in 3 months

Venezuela oil minister says inventories still too high

ASTANA (Reuters) - Venezuelan oil minister Eulogio Del Pino on Friday said global oil inventories remain too high and called on OPEC and other producers to review their global output reduction pact in order to support the sector.

Eulogio del Pino speaks during the swear in ceremony of the new board of directors of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Speaking at an energy conference in Kazakhstan, Del Pino said OECD oil inventories, standing at about 3 billion barrels, were still 300 million barrels above the level he considered balanced and normal.

“Those 300 million barrels are going to impact speculation in the market,” he said.

“It (the level of inventories) is still very high,” he said.

Del Pino urged producers to look at exemptions granted to countries such as Libya and Nigeria in the output reduction deal and the effect of those exemptions on the market.

Del Pino said he was going to discuss the matter with his counterparts in Russia and the Middle East in the near future.

He said oil ministers from Libya and Nigeria were prepared to attend a ministerial meeting in Vienna this month.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by Dmitry Solovyov and Jason Neely

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