Rejected: Saudi Oil Minister Saying OPEC Is Not Considering An Extraordinary Meeting

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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:49 | 984804 Hammer Time
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no more oil, no more meetings

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:52 | 984808 Flakmeister
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There is no "gush button" to push... Libya going offline for any extended period will reveal that the Saudis are like the emperor with no clothes. Claims of 5 mmbpd spare capacity are wildly exaggerated. The kingdom has about 1 mmbpd of spare heavy sour production for which there is no refining capacity..

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:58 | 984835 sushi
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They also need the incremental revenue so they can provide bennies to buy off the locals while at the same time upping their spending on tear-gas, water cannon and XIE in mufti.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:52 | 984811 HoofHearted
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There's a whole flock of black swans...just over to the east...

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:54 | 984815 eigenvalue
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The Saudi king is worried about his throne at the moment and has no time for anything else.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:01 | 984847 Caviar Emptor
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Abdullah doesn't want to appear as lackey of the US. hehe.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:08 | 984864 Cognitive Dissonance
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Corrected to read.

Abdullah doesn't want to appear as an even greater lackey of the US. hehe.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:30 | 984942 NumberNone
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Didn't even lie about the possibility of studying the possibility of an emergency meeting in order to at least suppress the rise temporarily.   Just a big F-U back at Ben Ber$ank for running the printing presses non-stop

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:54 | 984816 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Didn't i read somewhere that the U.S. economy "couldn't handle" oil prices being above $90 a barrel? Anyone got proof of that?

And seeing as the Bernank has killed the dollar in recent years, is that figure still $90?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:57 | 984828 101 years and c...
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The depression started in Oct, 2007.  The exact same month oil hit $80.  No coincidence.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:54 | 984817 koeleköpke
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if food becomes more expensive, the saudis and fellows have to increase the oilprice in order to buy peace. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:54 | 984818 papaswamp
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The 4 Americans held hostage by Somali pirates have been killed; U.S. Navy killed or captured most of the pirates - CBS

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:00 | 984843 ColonelCooper
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While I certainly am not "pro-pirate", I would nominate anyone yachting off the Somali coast for a Darwin award.

Kind of like backpacking on the Iraqi-Iranian border.....

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:10 | 984870 Internet Tough Guy
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They were hundreds of miles from the Somali coast; those pirates have reach. I nominate you for Humanitarian of the Year award.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:17 | 984886 ColonelCooper
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Reported as off Somali Coast.  Guess I'm not surprised at bad info. anymore.  Either way, I would classify "regional" yachting as a dangerous hobby.  This is hardly the first time this has happened.

BREAKING NEWS: Cigarettes are bad for you.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:18 | 985413 Buckaroo Banzai
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Anyone yachting in the area who isn't packing at least one .30 cal MG on a pintle mount is f'ing nuts.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:22 | 984889 tonyw
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Unfortunately the Somalian's have invested in their business and now have bigger support ships so they can go further and stay out for longer.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:55 | 984821 Thomas
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Fat Finger or Fat Lips?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:56 | 984824 Oh regional Indian
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Slam! Another door closes (apparantly anyways). Oil Shock, Version II.

Version One made some giants of fleas (Japan for one, Korea Another, the old partner pump, yet another pump and bump scheme).

This one will slay some giants.

Giant Slayer japanese anime movies come to mind.



Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:57 | 984830 Twindrives
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Assclown Obama pissed the Saudi oil ministers off with his stupid comments about Hosni.  


Now we'll all pay.  Way to go douchebag. 



Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:05 | 984857 JLee2027
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Who goes out the door first? Obama in 2012 or the House of Saud?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:21 | 984913 MrBoompi
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Libya produces 3% of the world's crude. If we can't get through a 3% reduction without causing a price catastrophe we truly are fucked. BTW, tell me any country that is happy with the US dollar these days. If Obama's a douche, there were many presidents and thousands of other government employees before him that were douches as well. Obama may be a puppet, but he's not totally to blame for the sorry state of the world's economy.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:27 | 984931 tonyw
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The issue is that price is set on the edge, so how much someone will pay not to have their oil supply dropped. So a 3% supply drop can trigger a price rise of more than 3%, think of it this way how much would it have to go up for you to be willing to give up your usage. Over here in yoorop we're already paying $8/gallon, I'd be quite happy to pay double that especially if there were fewer cars on the roads:-)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:42 | 985259 CPL
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Oil prices don't work that way on the ground.  At least not in Canada.  70% of the pump price is government taxes.  In the case of rising oil prices the government is always in favor of the oil prices rising because the scale slides up in terms of tax recipts.  Saddly when Oil is priced in at $110 per barrel, the GoC actually makes more in tax recipts from oil than all the income tax collected from it's population base.  I would include the usual federal sales tax and provincial on everything else, but it really makes you wonder at what point does a government stop taxing it's population.


What gets me is why don't people that produce things, make businesses just simply opt out of the government ponzi system altogether.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:51 | 985291 Flakmeister
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Oil demand price inelasticity is the order of 0.07, IIRC, 1% drop implies a 14% rise

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 09:59 | 984837 johnQpublic
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i bought the rumor before i didnt buy the rumor

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:00 | 984838 Caviar Emptor
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OPEC fail #1.

As I been sayin', they're bluffing. They don't have the production muscle power they used to

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:02 | 984848 ColonelCooper
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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:04 | 984854 Rusty Shorts
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 - ah come on, oil is "abiotic", oil is continuously re-filling these underground lakes.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:10 | 984869 ColonelCooper
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Sorry, I forgot.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:18 | 984895 tonyw
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can't you make it refill a bit faster?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 17:36 | 986482 naughtius maximus
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Yes thank goodness for the magic oil fairys. Without them we'd have to adjust our consumption habbits!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:00 | 984844 stoneman sacked
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A PhD in the Fed Reserve had once written a paper saying higher oil prices will kickstart economic growth. I wonder where is he now?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:24 | 984922 LongSoupLine
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right now?  oh, he's in charge of ink refill at fiat printer #673.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:30 | 985213 DaveyJones
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getting kicked

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:02 | 984845 Careless Whisper
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+1 barrel of light sweet crude

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:02 | 984846 John Law Lives
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The Saudis have done a good job keeping the world guessing how much oil they really have in reserves.  The ultimate "black swan" event may just be the day those greedy SOBs admit their reserves are much lower than the world was led to believe.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:07 | 984861 Cognitive Dissonance
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Two BIG Lies.

The Saudis have nearly unlimited oil reserves.

Ben Bernanke doesn't "print money", he just buys assets.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:28 | 984934 John Law Lives
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Bernanke is getting mighty defensive about his monetary policies these days.  I wonder how he will attempt to justify QE3.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:35 | 984960 Cognitive Dissonance
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The sky is falling, the sky is falling. We need more power Scotty.

Works every time.

It really isn't hard to tell people what they want to hear. Just be careful about the eventual blow-back.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:05 | 985100 John Law Lives
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Sadly, it has worked.  However, soaring commodity prices around the world without soaring GDP growth is not favorable to the Fed's case.  I do not accept that we will have QE to infinity unless The Machine really is determined to destroy the world financial system and hit the reset button.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:31 | 985220 DaveyJones
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He is a chicken and his honesty is little

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:57 | 985056 Idiot Savant
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When they turn off the QE spigot, the DOW/S&P will tank so fast everyone will beg for QE3.

No need for justification when junkies are begging for it.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:01 | 985080 John Law Lives
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<<<   everyone will beg for QE3. >>>

When you say "everyone", I assume you mean everyone that matters to the Fed.  I, for one, do not care if the DOW/S&P tank because I have no exposure to it at the moment.  I also don't matter to the Fed.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:01 | 984849 Thorny Xi
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Agree with Flakmeister - Saudi production peaks out around 9.7mm bpd now, their 12.5 figure is total vapor.  If Libya goes offline the world will have to give up the fantasy of Saudi salvation

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:33 | 985228 DaveyJones
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yup. Why else would the saudis be drilling out on platforms? Much lower return 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:31 | 985502 FrankIvy
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There have been several 'tells' over the last few years.  Drilling on platforms is a huge tell.  It would be like an apple picker picking all the apples on the very top of the tree before grabbing the ones reachable from the ground makes no sense.

Another critical tell was during the 04 to 08 price run up.  If you review Saudi production during that run up, their production was flat.  Price went from 40ish to 145ish and they didn't pump any extra.  Big tell. 

Another tell happened right when price came rapidly off of 145 a barrel (down to the remarkable price of 30ish!).  Their production fell rapidly too.  The tell there is that they were pumping flat out, panicky, and they desperately wanted to ratchet down production, which they did immediately upon price decline.  Had they lowered production during the run up to 145, obviously, it would have set off WWIII.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:15 | 985400 CrashisOptimistic
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Flakdood and I tend to type the same characters on this stuff.

In this case I'm gonna go in one extra layer.

I don't know their capacity, but there is a factor here worth mentioning.  Maybe they have 12 mbpd of production ability -- and if they do it they destroy the field.

You can destroy fields with excessive extraction rate.  The phenomenom involves water coning.  I do not have the details of Ghawar's geology at my finger tips, but they have been godawful pumping brine down there for decades.  If you pull too hard, the water moves up in the rock and it becomes more or less impossible to get the remaining oil.

Point being, for technical petrogeology reasons, you do not only extend lifetime of fields with lower extraction rates.  You also increase the amount of extractable oil.

If that's going on, we don't have much time left before wars will be necessary to destroy one country's consumption in the interests of another's economic growth. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:19 | 985425 Flakmeister
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  Yes, there is that "side effect".  There is some evidence that Ghawar was damaged in the late '70s, witness that Ghawar has never exceeded the flow from that period. For the purposes of the Hedge, this is too subtle an argument...

I do have to give credit to the Saudi's, they have been very effective shepherds of their fields, but all lambs grow old and die.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:28 | 985470 CrashisOptimistic
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Nod.  My overall point I think is that this is the answer that does not require a Saudi Aramco wide conspiracy.  Every one of them is telling the truth.  They CAN go to 12 mbpd any time they want, and if they do, it will die in less than a year and remain dead forever.

They all are telling the truth.  They just carefully do not go further than that initial truth, because no reporter could know enough to ask the question -- and if they did, the proper answer would be "our total reserves are a state secret, sorry".

I like answers that do not require conspiracies.  This configuration allows them to be honorable men while still explaining why they don't pump more at $107/barrel -- instead of outright giving the Russians 1.5 mbpd of customers and sales revenue, which they are doing now.

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