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    US Oil Producers See Stocks Rise, Unlikely to Join Output Cut Deal

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    While OPEC has said the US is welcome to join the deal agreed with non-OPEC producers to cut production, Washington remains unlikely to do so, energy expert Sara Emerson told RIA Novosti.

    On Tuesday, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said that he expected more countries to join the November 2016 deal to cut oil output.

    Last month, the Joint OPEC-Non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) said the doors were open for other oil producers, particularly the United States, to participate in the deal to curtail oil production agreed in late November.

    However, US producers are keen to increase production in spite of the effect it may have on prices, Sara Emerson of US-based consultants ESAI Energy told RIA Novosti.

    "They don't want to cut their volume of production. I think that they will have a good relationship with OPEC countries, they will listen to each other, but no more than that," Emerson said.

    On Wednesday, Qatari Oil Minister Mohammed Saleh Sada said that so far, the level of adherence to the deal stands at 94 percent among OPEC producers, and 50 percent among non-cartel producers.

    At a meeting in late November in Vienna, the 14 members of the OPEC cartel agreed upon a deal to cut production as of January 1 by about 1.2 million barrels per day, or about 4.5 percent of current production, to 32.5 million barrels per day.

    Non-OPEC producers Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Russia, Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to take part in the agreement, and cut production by 558,000 barrels per day.

    The agreement has buoyed the oil price, which began to rally at the end of November after OPEC announced its readiness to reach a deal. 

    On Wednesday, Brent crude was trading at $55.90 per barrel, an increase of around 20 percent since mid-November. However, the price decreased by 0.76 percent in comparison with the previous day amid concerns about increased crude oil stockpiles in the US.

    According to a survey of analysts polled ahead of weekly inventory reports from the American Petroleum Institute and the US Energy Information Administration, crude stocks increased by an estimated 3.3 million barrels last week, their seventh weekly increase.

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