Saudi Arabia Sets off Oil-Price War Against Russia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Energy titan Saudi Aramco said Tuesday it will boost its supply of crude oil to 12.3 million barrels per day in April, flooding markets as it escalates a price war with Russia.

“Saudi Aramco announces that it will provide its customers with 12.3 million barrels per day of crude oil in April,” the company said in a statement to the Saudi stock exchange.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AP file photo/Amr Nabil)

The world’s biggest crude exporter has been pumping some 9.8 million barrels per day (bpd) which means it will be adding at least 2.5 million bpd in April.

“The company has agreed with its customers to provide them with such volumes starting 1 April 2020. The company expects that this will have a positive, long-term financial effect,” the statement said.

Saudi Arabia says it has an output capacity of 12 million bpd but it is not known how long it can sustain such levels.

The kingdom also has dozens of millions of barrels of crude stored in strategic reserves to be used when needed and is expected to use it to provide the extra barrels to the global market.

Riyadh, OPEC and its allies, notably Russia, failed on Friday to clinch a deal on additional output cuts to boost sagging prices.

© Agence France-Presse

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