OPEC Unable To Reach Consensus On Boosting Oil Production

Tyler Durden's picture

The worst nightmare of crude bears has just come true:

  • OPEC secretary general says OPEC unable to reach consensus to boost production
  • OPEC delegate says OPEC has no consensus for agreement
  • OPEC president says some in OPEC believed should have had production increase, other said more time needed to asses
  • OPEC secretary general says OPEC spare capacity down to 4-4.5MBPD after Libya
  • OPEC president says final proposal was to wait for about three months to asses situation
  • OPEC president says Status-Quo outcome unwelcomed by some members
  • OPEC president says effective OPEC decision is a roll-over

This is what happens when, as we wrote yesterday, the OPEC is no longer a cartel but a loose gathering of dictators who do their best/worst to boost/scuttle Obama's re-election chances. Look for crude to do the HFT levitation on the news.

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Temporalist's picture

And this news comes just in time:

Exxon discovers 700 million barrels in Gulf of Mex


A Man without Qualities's picture

What is says is "700 barrel of oil equivalent", so it might be a lot of gas.  What people need to watch is how the majors are replenishing the oil reserves with gas reserves..... because they are unable to find enough oil.

I am sure many people suspect the impasse to be because they cannot boost production.  However it seems, the Fed's hopes of tanking the markets in order to take oil prices down to $75 or so, in order that they can do the next round of money printing, is going to have little effect on oil, given the huge supply constraints.  

Cast Iron Skillet's picture

the world consumes about 85 million barrels per day, so that entire discovery would be enough for, ummm, a week or so. Somehow not very impressive ... but hey, it was the biggest discovery in the Gulf in a decade ...

66Sexy's picture

Did anyone else notice the deceptive headline on yahoo finance this morning:

OPEC to Hike Output, Iran Proposes Compromise by Reuters.

The mainstream media is clearly in a state of collapse, and are losing more and more credibility as investor sophistication and critical thinking rises.

It is pathetic to see the levels they have to stoop to now; just to achieve a few points in price manipulation through fake headlines, they are willing to surrender all credibility, and integrity. 

ElvisDog's picture

There's an order of magnitude problem here. If it was 7 billion or 70 billion, we might have reason to be happy. 700 million is better than nothing, but it's pretty small.

pre's picture

And the fact that this discovery is being trumpeted as a positive is a cause for concern.  Anyone know what the "real" Saudi production has been lately?

caconhma's picture

The West (the USA and its NATO puppets) imperialism & colonialism are having not-too-good times in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen to name few. Easy victories that Bush, Obama, and their zionist masters were counted on are not there.

Presently, the US is in its worst financial, economic, and political crisis from the time of its foundation. Its population is brainwashed, fragmented, disillusioned. The US economic and political system is under a total control by the outside power, specifically by the Rothschild, Oppenheimer, Warburg, and Schiff families that own and control the Western central banks including FED and ECB.

The USA has lost its independence and became a colony. Its colonial masters are not interested in the well-being of America and its people. This is why American standards of living are going down, poverty is on a rise, democracy and freedom and the US Constitution are the relics of the past, illegal immigration is out off control, and the legal system is totally corrupt.

America must go to its roots: democracy, freedom, and free enterprise. It must restore its industrial might. It must think of "America first". Unfortunately, it is not where America is going now.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Yeah, turns out it's just sitting there pooled up on the bottom of the ocean.

CPL's picture


You commented three seconds before I did.

CPL's picture

yeah, it's just floating around on the surface of the water as I understand it.

bronzie's picture

"Exxon discovers 700 million barrels in Gulf of Mex"

just another part of the game - announcing large new discoveries of petroleum when there are geo-political reasons to bring the price of gas down (like Obama's re-election)

Guarded Pessimist's picture

So, just over one month's worth for the USA. Yea!!

That's pretty pathetic since they are calling it one of the biggest finds in the Gulf in the last 10 years.

Next we'll be getting all excited over 100 million barrels.

DaveyJones's picture

BP discovers two liters of Crisco in the back pantry!

r101958's picture

The world uses 700 million brls in about 9 days. The U.S. uses that much in about 35 days.

Temporalist's picture

I see my sarcasm and cynicism was lost on some of you...

Hulk's picture

ONe never knows. To the uninitiated, it sounds like a lot...

/sarc always helps.

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

Yeah, most responses from people in the mainstream are exactly like yours, and they are not sarcastic.  To people who don't know the consumption numbers and the time to bring a new project on line 700 million barrels sounds like we have nothing to worry about.


Racer's picture

Just great... more inflationary squeeze on the poorest and most vulnerable

Ecoman11's picture

What they really mean is "We need to know how much money is going to be printed first."

Widowmaker's picture

Sadly, this argument makes the most sense.

I think you are right.


GeneMarchbanks's picture

I demand charts! Nothing is true without'em!

youngman's picture

But But But...its good for the CO2 levels.....much less now as fewer people can drive...enviros are happy...lets have another burning man celebration ....

knowless's picture

for real man, all problems are transitory, you just have to envision a world where you are free, and everything will just fall into place.

Re-Discovery's picture

Saudi will boost.  Not sure OPEC matters.

ZakuKommander's picture

Better phrased as, "Saudi will say they will boost."

Chuck Walla's picture

BINGO! Thats their history so far...

augie's picture

Be afraid Oil consumers, Arabia's oil wealth will not be threatened by your financial indiscretions. No deflation in the oil markets, theres to much instability to know whats going to happen next!

Does anyone else ever feel like they are in a bad sitcom?

ElvisDog's picture

Not to mention the delicate question of could the OPEC countries substantially boost production even if they wanted to?

lizzy36's picture


When the liars and cheats that make up OPEC, are unable to agree upon a bullshit wink/wink quoto rate that is more PR statement than anything else, one can assume the mechanics of the cartel cooperation are indeed breaking down.

Obama should be pushing a 10 year program of NATURAL GAS as a transportation fuel RIGHT NOW. Jobs, national security, jobs, economic benefits, jobs.


ElvisDog's picture

I think we should go back to riding horses. They can also serve the dual purpose of fertilizing your garden.

falak pema's picture


You call them liars n cheats! They no more be liars or cheats than their buyers who are hooked on this arab oil since sixty long years! Think of it! Having one mistress for sixty years. I prefer to be DSK than to be hooked on ONE hooker!

Urban Redneck's picture

More government subsidies and debt.  It is NEVER going to work.  Dump the gm volt and license 150/300mpg diesel tech from Volvo & VW.  Eliminate long haul trucking and get the rail lines to establish a proper hub and spoke logistics integration.  10,000 times the ROI, 1/10,000 of the cost.     

Translational Lift's picture
OPEC Unable To Reach Consensus On Boosting Oil Production or How to keep the price of oil up while pumping like a MF........
swissaustrian's picture

Commodities rallying...

Yancey Ward's picture

An explanation is that most are already producing flat out, and can't raise the amount.  If this is true of Saudi Arabia, then OPEC is pretty meaningless as a cartel.

alexwest's picture

nice.. latest nail in so called recovery
brent is 118 $.. i guess guys in OPEC really wanna see 2008 replay..


Cdad's picture


Maybe this news has something to do with the "confidence building exercise" currently going on with ANF shares.  Like I said, investing in $30 t-shirts while the nation sits on the edge of a global depression is...well...a speculative endeavor, to say the least.

An HFT terminator has engaged in an attempt to save this Ponzified stock...the one algo that did not get the memo that the CEO of the company has completed "Operation Billionaire."

Standby for more liquidations on balloon stocks that have no business at all being priced anywhere near where they are...as criminal syndicate Wall Street bankers press into service the obviously useless and valueless, helmet wearing ETF group, prying their mouths open to receive the puked up underlying shares.

Cdad's picture

Oops...and there it is..."Operation Billionaire" ends with the CEO telling supposed smart money fund managers that the quarter is going to come in light.

I'll remind you that on April 5 of this year, criminal syndicate Wall Street bankers took the stock from $59 to $66 in ONE SESSION because of...wait for it...something the CEO told them back then...wait for it...the company was "bullish due to its expansion in Europe."  Uh huh.  Nice thesis.  In the interim, of course, said CEO unloaded hundreds of thousands of shares into the magically ballooning stock price.

Should the HFT terminator refuse to yield, and should the terminator try to take the stock back up, well, you will have a lovely chance to sell Abercrombie and Fitch into "smart money."

All of this could not have happened to a better company, and the longs on this issue deserve the meltdown coming here.  


bigwavedave's picture

Iranian nutjobs 1 - Pussy Princes with tablecloth hats 0

hedgeless_horseman's picture

What they really mean is, "Will the U.S. help me suppress my people (Bahrain, KSA, Yeman, Oman), or allow my people to overthrow me (Tunesia, Egypt, and maybe Libya)?"

Caviar Emptor's picture

OPEC Unable To Reach Consensus On Boosting Oil Production

....because they can't! Just like during the early stages of the Libya oil shutdown, Saudi Arabia bluffed that they could raise production...then failed to. 

Now should be the easiest decision they ever made: oil over $100 AND increased Asian demand. But they too are scrambling with new technologies for drilling and collection. Must be that the old fields are less productive. 

speedy's picture

....because they can't!

Ding Ding! You have hit the nail on the head.

OPEC secretary general says OPEC spare capacity down to 4-4.5MBPD after Libya

Opec secretary is telling porkies.

Madcow's picture

the central bankers pretend that the money supply can remain stable in the context of global deflation and population declines - while OPEC pretends that it can increase production and control the POO if it needs to - while Western governments pretend that they can make good on the promises they've made to their citizens. 

so, the entire economic system is based upon faith and trust.  but it is becoming increasingly difficult to have faith and trust in global political leaders, bankers, and cartel members - who are increasingly brazen thieves, sociopaths, and sex criminals who no longer care about cultivating the faith and trust of the people and resources they govern. 


wandstrasse's picture

Hello Banzai, everybody knows what silver bears look like, but I cannot imagine 'crude bears' - can you help?