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OPEC to hold in-person meet next week

01 Oct 2022, 21:55 GMT+10

Vienna [Austria], October 1 (ANI): Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Plus is set to hold its meeting in Vienna next week, the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

The meeting will take place on October 5 in Vienna, Austria, according to the statement released by OPEC.

"The 45th Meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) and the 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting will take place in person at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, 5 October 2022," the statement reads.

According to the statement, the OPEC Secretariat is looking forward to welcoming all ministerial delegations to Vienna. "These upcoming meetings will be the first in-person ministerial meetings since March 2020," the statement added.

This meeting came amid the rise in oil prices which is more than 1 per cent on Tuesday after declining to a nine-month low a day earlierDuring the last trading session, the prices of oil had dropped to the lowest levels under the pressure of a surging dollar that makes greenback-denominated crude oil more expensive for buyers using other currencies, and rising interest rates, which might trigger a recession and lower oil demand.

In the previous two trading sessions, Brent plunged 7.1 per cent while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude slumped 8.1 per cent. Officials from major producers reacted to the past days of declines by indicating they may take action to keep price stability.

"Crude oil prices are showing signs of stabilising after the swift decline towards a nine-month low with markets considering the prospects of further action by the Opec members at their October 5 meeting, as the oil cartel hinted at their discomfort with declining crude prices," said Sugandha Sachdeva, vice-president for commodity and currency research, Religare Broking.

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