Press Releases 2016

OPEC Secretary General attends meetings, workshop at Columbia University

16 Dec 2016 | The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, and an accompanying delegation, took part in a series of activities at the Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) in New York on 15 December, the fourth day of his visit to the United States.

OPEC Secretary General meets with officials from the US EIA and IADB

15 Dec 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, met with the Administrator of the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), Adam Sieminski, and other senior staff members, over a working breakfast on 14 December.

IEA, IEF and OPEC hold 3rd Symposium on Gas and Coal Market Outlooks

15 Dec 2016 | [Joint Press Release] The 3rd Symposium on Gas and Coal Market Outlooks was held in Paris on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, with the purpose of exchanging views and comparing outlooks for natural gas and coal markets in the short, medium and long term.

OPEC Secretary General visits the United States

14 Dec 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, has embarked on a week-long visit to the United States for meetings with the International Monetary Fund, the United States Energy Information Administration, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Columbia University and IHS Markit.

OPEC Secretary General meets with Indian Petroleum Minister and other officials in New Delhi

13 Dec 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, met with HE Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, after delivering a keynote speech at Petrotech, an international oil and gas conference held in New Delhi on Monday, 5 December.

OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting

10 Dec 2016 | Following the ‘Vienna Agreement’ decided upon at the 171st Meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 30th November, 2016, Ministers from OPEC met with a number of Ministers from non-OPEC oil producing countries on Saturday, 10th December, at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna.

OPEC 171st Meeting concludes

30 Nov 2016 | The 171st Meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was held in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, 30th November 2016, under the Chairmanship of its President, HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar and Head of its Delegation.

Opening address to the 171st Meeting of the OPEC Conference

30 Nov 2016 | by HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry and President of the OPEC Conference

OPEC Secretary General visits IR Iran

21 Nov 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, met with IR Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, HE Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, during a closed-door session on November 19 in the capital city of Tehran.

OPEC Secretary General meets with Ecuador’s President in Quito

19 Nov 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, met with the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, on November 17 in the capital city of Quito. The meeting was also attended by Guillaume Long, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Venezuela’s President meets with OPEC Secretary General in Caracas

17 Nov 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, yesterday (November 16) met in Caracas with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. The meeting took place at the Miraflores Palace and also present were the Minister of the President’s Office, HE Carmen Meléndez, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Delcy Rodríguez, and the Minister of Petroleum, HE Eng. Eulogio Del Pino.

OPEC's World Oil Outlook 2016 launched at ADIPEC

08 Nov 2016 | The 2016 OPEC World Oil Outlook (WOO) was today launched at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2016 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This year is the tenth edition of the WOO, a significant milestone for OPEC’s flagship publication, which offers a thorough review and assessment of various scenarios related to the medium- and long-term development of the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil industry.

OPEC Secretary General meets with Emir of Kuwait and senior Kuwaiti officials

07 Nov 2016 | His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of State of Kuwait, yesterday (November 6) met with His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Bayan Palace, Kuwait City.

First-ever Smart App for OPEC Annual Statistical Bulletin to be launched at ADIPEC on 7 November 2016

05 Nov 2016 | [Joint Press Release] The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Ministry of Energy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to unveil a new Smart App version for OPEC's Annual Statistical Bulletin (ASB) on 7 November 2016 at 11:00 am during the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in the UAE.

OPEC finalizes new long-term strategy

02 Nov 2016 | OPEC’s Board of Governors has finalized a new and comprehensive long-term strategy (LTS) at a meeting held in Vienna on 2 November 2016. The document will be submitted for approval at the next OPEC Ministerial Conference to be held on 30 November 2016.

1st Meeting of the High-level Committee of the Algiers Accord - OPEC and non-OPEC oil producing countries

29 Oct 2016 | [Joint Press Release] The OPEC High-level Committee, established by the Algiers Accord, met with non-OPEC oil producing countries on Saturday, 29 October, at OPEC headquarters in Vienna.  It was preceded by the first High-Level Committee Meeting, held Friday, 28 October, among OPEC Member Countries.

Iraq’s President, Prime Minister meet with OPEC Secretary General in Baghdad

26 Oct 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, today met in Baghdad separately with the President of Iraq, HE Dr. Fuad Masum, and Iraqi Prime Minister HE Dr. Haider Al-Abadi. The meetings were also attended by Iraq’s Oil Minister HE Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi and other top government functionaries.

OPEC Secretary General meets Iraqi Oil Minister, Officials in Baghdad

26 Oct 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, and a delegation from the OPEC Secretariat, yesterday met with HE Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi, Iraq’s Minister of Oil, and other senior officials in Baghdad.

Fifth High-level Meeting of the OPEC-Russia Energy Dialogue

24 Oct 2016 | [Joint Conclusion] The fifth High-level Meeting of the OPEC-Russia Energy Dialogue was held today at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna. The Meeting was chaired by HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC and HE Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

OPEC's World Oil Outlook to be launched at ADIPEC on 8 November

19 Oct 2016 | The 2016 OPEC World Oil Outlook (WOO) will be presented at a briefing to be held at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2016 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The launch will be held at the Middle East Petroleum Club VIP theatre on Tuesday, 8 November 2016 at 11:00 am local time.

OPEC Secretary General Meets UNFCCC Executive Secretary in Bonn

18 Oct 2016 | [Joint Press Release] Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC, visited Bonn last Friday to meet with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to enhance cooperation between the UNFCCC and OPEC and exchange views on recent developments.

OPEC, non-OPEC countries hold “constructive” talks in Istanbul

14 Oct 2016 | Five Members of OPEC and two non-OPEC countries held “constructive” informal consultations on the sidelines of the 23rd World Energy Congress (WEC) here on Wednesday.

EU and OPEC hold Roundtable on Prospective for Future Production of Non-Crude Liquids

14 Oct 2016 | The European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held a joint Roundtable on Prospective for Future Production of Non-Crude Liquids in Brussels, Belgium, on 14 October 2016.

170th (Extraordinary) Meeting of the OPEC Conference

28 Sep 2016 | The Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), following a Consultative Meeting in Algiers, Algeria, resolved to convene an Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 under the Chairmanship of its President, HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry and Head of its Delegation.

Meeting of Heads of JODI Partner Organisations

26 Sep 2016 | The heads and representatives of the following Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) partners: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Energy Forum (IEF), and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), met in Algiers on 26 September, ahead of the IEF15 Ministerial and took account of progress made since the last heads of JODI partners meeting in Moscow in 2014. The African Energy Commission (AFREC) also attended the meeting in Algiers as an observer.

OPEC Secretary General Barkindo pays inaugural visit to IEA

09 Sep 2016 | [Joint Press Release] HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, the recently-appointed Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), visited Paris on Friday to meet with Dr. Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, to underscore their commitment to continued cooperation and exchange views on recent oil market developments.

OPEC Secretary General meets with Algeria, Qatar Energy Ministers

06 Sep 2016 | OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, met with HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar and President of the OPEC Conference, and HE Noureddine Boutarfa, Minister of Energy of Algeria, at a meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Monday.

Iranian President meets with OPEC Secretary General

06 Sep 2016 | The Honorable President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, HE Dr. Hassan Rouhani, today met with HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Tehran. The meeting was also attended by HE Eng. Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Iran’s Minister of Petroleum.

Qatar’s Prime Minister meets with OPEC Secretary General

05 Sep 2016 | HE Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani met in Doha on Sunday HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and discussed the oil market and other related issues.

OPEC President: Despite the Current Decline, Oil Market on the Path to Rebalancing

08 Aug 2016 | “Higher oil demand is expected in the 3rd and 4th Quarters”, HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry and current OPEC President said, expressing positive sentiments in a brief released from OPEC.

El-Badri says farewell to the OPEC Secretariat

04 Aug 2016 | The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) today paid tribute to His Excellency Abdalla Salem El-Badri, departing OPEC Secretary General, following nine and a half years as head of the Organization. El-Badri’s term, which ended on 31 July 2016, is the longest in the history of the Organization.

Mohammad Barkindo takes office as OPEC Secretary General

01 Aug 2016 | His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria assumed office today in his role as Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria.

Gabon Minister visits Secretariat as country rejoins the Organization

30 Jun 2016 | Today, a warm welcome was given to Gabon’s Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, His Excellency Etienne Dieudonné Ngoubou, during a visit to the Secretariat, a day before his country officially rejoins the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 1 July, 2016.

OPEC’s Annual Statistical Bulletin to be launched 22 June 2016

22 Jun 2016 | The OPEC Secretariat is pleased to announce the release of the 51st edition of the Annual Statistical Bulletin (ASB).

The primary purpose of the ASB is to make reliable data about the global oil and gas industry easily and publicly available. It thus functions as an important source of data for all the different stakeholders in the oil industry, while also ensuring greater data sharing and data transparency about the industry and its many actors. This has long been one of the Organization’s objectives.

Opening address to the 169th Meeting of the OPEC Conference

02 Jun 2016 | by HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry and President of the OPEC Conference

OPEC 169th Meeting concludes

02 Jun 2016 | The 169th Meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was held in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, 2nd June 2016, under the Chairmanship of its President, HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar and Head of its Delegation.

Joint Conclusion of the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue 12th High-Level Meeting

21 Mar 2016 | The twelfth meeting of the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) took place in Vienna, Austria today.