By Gina Lee
Investing.com – Oil was up on Thursday morning in Asia, rebounding over the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s to a gradual supply increase. However, the country’s ambassador to the U.S. said his country favored a bigger increase.
jumped 2.92% to $114.39 by 11:06 PM ET (4:06 AM GMT) and rose 1.66% to $110.50.
UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei took to Twitter on Wednesday that his country is committed to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+)’s plan to add 400,000 barrels per day of supply monthly following sharp cuts in 2020. “The UAE believes in the value OPEC+ brings to the oil market,” al-Mazrouei tweeted.
This came mere hours after the UAE ambassador to the U.S., Yousef Al Otaiba, said that his country would encourage the cartel to consider higher output to fill the supply gap due to sanctions on Russia after it invaded Ukraine.
Of the OPEC+ members, UAE and Saudi Arabia both have spare capacity. However, other producers are finding it more challenging to meet their output targets thanks to underinvestment in infrastructure over the past few years.
“We think it will be challenging for OPEC+ to boost production in this environment,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia commodities analyst Vivek Dhar told Reuters.
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Institute showed a draw of 1.863 million barrels for the week ended Mar. 4. This was higher than the 657,000- barrel draw predicted in forecasts prepared by Investing.com, but lower than the 2.597-million-barrel draw recorded during the previous week.
, released the day before, showed a build of 2.811 million barrels.
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