OPEC Secretary General speaks at Oil & Money conference in London

Vienna, Austria, 19 October 2016--OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, was yesterday joined by the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr Fatih Birol, on a two-man panel session at the Oil & Money conference in London. The session was moderated by Alex Schindelar, News Editor at Energy Intelligence.

The conversation began with a discussion of the current oil market environment, with HE Barkindo underlining the importance of the recent Algiers agreement taken by the Organization at the 170th (Extraordinary) Meeting of the OPEC Conference in helping restore balance and sustainability to the oil market.

He stressed that the agreement was driven by supply fundamentals, specifically the high level of inventories that had built up in recent years on the back of excess supply, often from high-cost regions. He said it was vital to see a continued drawdown in stocks and to quicken the market rebalancing process.

HE Barkindo also underlined the importance of non-OPEC countries in this process and said consultations with them were ongoing. OPEC will next meet non-OPEC countries, he said, on October 29 in Vienna.

Both HE Barkindo and Dr Birol highlighted their concern about the drop off in investments in the current cycle. Dr Birol said that the recent downturn in investments was unprecedented for the industry and added that new investments were not only needed for new fields, but also to cater for declines in existing ones. HE Barkindo said it was vital to restore investments in a sustainable manner and added that OPEC’s latest World Oil Outlook sees oil-related investments requirements of $10 trillion in the period to 2040.

The two men also discussed various other issues including new technologies, oil demand, climate change and energy policies.

Later in the day, HE Barkindo also attended the Energy Intelligence Petroleum Executive of the Year Award Presentation and Dinner. This year the recipient was HE Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saudi Aramco.

HE Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General at the Oil & Money conference in London

HE Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General at the Oil & Money conference in London