Kuwait urges cooperation from non-OPEC producers
Kuwait urges cooperation from non-OPEC producers
The minister called on producers from outside OPEC to “cooperate with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to guarantee stability of the market and prevent major swings in oil prices.”
He was speaking from Vienna, where on Thursday the 12-member OPEC decided to keep its production ceiling unchanged sending oil prices crashing.
Omair insisted the OPEC decision was “right” and the “best solution at the present time,” adding it was based on market information.
He said OPEC members agreed to hold their next meeting in June and decided against convening an emergency session unless necessary.
Global oil prices plunged Friday to new multi-year lows after the OPEC the decision despite an oversupplied market.
US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in January closed at $66.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down $7.54 from the closing price Wednesday.
It was the lowest WTI close since September 2009.
Brent oil for January delivery sank below $70 for the first time in four and a half years, to $69.78 a barrel. Brent settled at $70.15 a barrel, down $2.43 from Thursday’s close.
Also on Saturday, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said OPEC’s decision to abstain from cuts in oil production has forced Russia not to proceed with its own cuts.
Oil prices have dived after the OPEC’s decision, reaching a new four-year low. North Sea Brent fell by $2.43, or 3.3 percent on the day, to $70.15 on Friday.
Russia is one of the world’s leading oil producers, with oil and natural gas sales representing half of its budget, which is balanced when oil is at $100. The fall in prices has hit hard Russia’s economy, already teetering on the brink of recession.
“The experts say that one of the main reasons behind the falling oil prices is that some Arab oil producing countries... are squeezing out shale oil from the international market,” Shuvalov told state-run TV Rossiya-1, according to TASS.
“If such actions are happening with the aim to fix or confirm one’s position on the market, we should not do anything at the moment to scale down our positions.”
Shale oil boom in the US, which is producing oil at the peak since 1986, has drastically changed the global oil market landscape and dampened prices.
Just two days prior to the OPEC meeting in Vienna, Russia sent its delegation, led by Igor Sechin, a long standing ally of President Vladimir Putin and head of Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft, to the Austrian capital for meetings with some OPEC members.
Shuvalov said, however, that Russia did not ask OPEC for production cuts.
Saudi Arabia’s Maaden signs MoU with GE to discuss digital cooperation in mining sector
RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) with General Electric (GE) on Thursday, which focused on exploring possible opportunities to support digital transformation in the industrial sector.
The two sides discussed opportunities for cooperation in advanced technical solutions that included the entire chain of Maaden’s mining operations, including activities at gold, copper, aluminum and phosphate sites.
The MoU includes utilizing GE’s technological expertise and modern applications in digital transformation, with Maaden to lead the company’s digital transformation programs.
The agreement is part of Maaden’s drive to partner with leading technology and digital solutions to leverage opportunities in technological innovation and the modern digital revolution, invest in leading technologies in its operations around the Kingdom, and enhance the company’s competitiveness as a major company in the mining sector both regionally and globally.
Maaden’s digital mining solutions will improve the company’s business by improving energy costs, enhancing reliability and efficiency of performance and productivity, while improving maintenance costs.
“The Kingdom is at the forefront of the digital transformation efforts in the industrial sector in the region with an ambitious vision. We are proud to support these ambitious visions and meet their goals,” said Darren Davis, Maaden Chief Executive Officer.
Davis stressed that a sustainable mining sector is one of the key pillars of the national economy, saying: “We are confident that our partnership with GE will be a qualitative leap toward achieving these goals and enhancing our competitiveness and sustainability through effective digital industrial solutions.”
“We are keen to build constructive partnerships with the industrial sector around the world to deliver innovative digital solutions that support operations.
“Major companies such as Maaden are of immense importance, and we recognize the impact of improved operations and enhancements,” said GE CEO Bill Roh, referring to its efficiency over other companies, and the Saudi economy as a whole.
“By collaborating to develop industry-specific and environment-friendly solutions in which Maaden manages its operations, we are moving toward achieving the desired digital transformation plans that we believe will deliver significant positive results,” added Roh.
The MoU aims to achieve the goals of Maaden, a pioneer in the Saudi mining sector, to accelerate the digital transformation of the Saudi mining sector, in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Maaden is working to take advantage of digital and technological transformation strategies and maximize its impact on all the company’s activities and products.
The construction of the largest 450-km treated water pipeline from Taif to support the company’s mining operations in the region, as well as the creation of artificial lakes in Ras Al-Khair for recycling water for industrial uses, are among the most prominent projects that reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability and achieving solutions, in addition to innovation and sustained economic growth, creating a professional environment that enhances talent capabilities, and ensuring the best service for communities within their professional fields.