The meeting of the OPEC+ Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) would be devoted to the oil cuts, introduced back in April to stabilize the energy market pressured by the effects of the pandemic. The nations currently are currently slashing 7.7 million barrels a day collectively until December 31. After that, the oil producers plan to further ease the cuts to 5.8 mbd.
Compliance with the production limits will dominate the agenda of the JMMC meeting as some of the underperforming nations still need to offset their shortcomings in the previous months. According to the International Energy Agency, OPEC+ has improved compliance with the oil cuts last month, jumping 98 percent in August to 103 percent last month. But Gabon and Congo are still failing to slash production to the levels required by the deal.
The OPEC+ ministers will also discuss the prospects of oil demand in 2020 and 2021. This month, OPEC’s 2020 forecast remained largely unchanged as the cartel expects a contraction of 9.5 mbd. However, the organization has revised down the forecast for demand growth in 2021 to 6.5 mbd. Meanwhile, the IEA expects the global oil demand to decrease by 8.4 mbd this year and to grow by 5.5 mbd in 2021, according to the latest forecast.