Russia Forecasts Its Oil Output Next Year Near Post-Soviet

Russia Forecasts Its Oil Output Next Year Near Post-Soviet

As OPEC+ eases production curbs, Russia expects oil output in 2022 to be back close to its post-Soviet high. 

For next year, Russian companies are seen raising combined production of crude and a light oil called condensate by 8% to 559.9 million tons. According to a draft budget submitted by the Finance Ministry to the government, they will stay close to that level from 2023 to 2024. 

Approval from the parliament and President Vladimir Putin is required by the document. It sets expectations for budget revenue and spending over the period. Actual figures, however, may differ.  

According to calculations, Russia’s projected output for 2022 is equivalent to an average 11.24 million barrels a day. In 2019, Russia produced 11.25 million barrels a day, the highest level in its post-Soviet history.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia (OPEC+) are reviving productions that were idled by the pandemic.

The group will add 400,000 barrels a day to the market  each month. About a quarter of this comes from Russia. Oil hikes by some would continue until all of the OPEC+ output curbs are rolled back.

Oil Rises amid Tighter U.S. Supplies

On Tuesday, oil prices rose after sharp losses the previous session. The price movement was caused by tighter U.S. supplies, recovering from the  days of losses.

Meanwhile, global markets fear a potential impact on China’s economy of a crisis at heavily indebted property group China Evergrande.

By 0941 GMT Brent crude gained $1.01, or 1.4%, to $74.93 a barrel. On Monday, it fell by almost 2%. 

Expiring later on Tuesday, October West Texas Intermediate (WTI) contract was up 99 cents, or 1.4%, at $71.28. The index dropped 2.3% in the previous session. The November contract rose $1.01 a barrel to $71.15.

Analyst Ricardo Evangelista said that growing concerns over U.S. production seem to be outpacing other factors, such as the uncertainty over the outcome of the Federal Reserve monetary policy committee meeting. Moreover, fears that the Evergrande issue may trigger a wider crisis, he added.

On Monday, the largest U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil producer, Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSa) said that damage to offshore transfer facilities from Hurricane Ida will cut production early next year.

According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), about 18% of the U.S. Gulf’s oil and 27% of its natural gas production remained offline on Monday. That has been more than three weeks after Hurricane Ida, the regulator added.