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FirstFT: Opec and allies reach deal to raise oil production


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Opec and its allies have reached a deal to raise oil production in response to soaring prices, and set a target for the end of 2022 for restoring all the output cut during the early days of the pandemic.

Initially, Opec+ will pump an extra 400,000 barrels a day each month from August, ramping up output by about 2m b/d in total by the end of the year.

Those monthly production increases will continue next year, with Opec+ saying it has extended the deal until December 2022 from April 2022. The result of the long-delayed meeting should mean higher oil production from members in the months ahead, after tight supply pushed oil prices to the highest level in three years.

But the modest pace of output increases is a sign of lingering concern about the strength of the global recovery as Covid-19 variants continue to emerge. It also suggests oil producers are relatively comfortable with the current price of crude.

Line chart of Brent crude, $ per barrel showing Oil price rallies to multiyear highs

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