07 May 2017, Tehran — Iran sees $55 per barrel as a suitable price for crude oil, and believes that OPEC and non-OPEC producers are likely to extend output curbs to support prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Saturday.
“The price range of $55 per barrel would be suitable for oil,” Zanganeh said, according to the oil ministry’s news website SHANA.
Oil prices closed higher on Friday, rebounding from five-month lows, following positive U.S. jobs data and assurances by Saudi Arabia that Russia is ready to join OPEC in extending supply cuts to reduce a persistent glut.
Brent futures gained 72 cents, or 1.5 percent, to settle at $49.10 a barrel.
Zanganeh said members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have signaled that they are leaning towards extending the supply cuts, SHANA reported.
“I think non-OPEC oil producers will also second (an) extension of the plan,” said Zanganeh, speaking on the sidelines of an energy fair in Tehran.
OPEC and non-OPEC ministers are due to meet on May 25.
They appear likely to extend their agreement to limit supplies beyond its June expiry to help clear a glut, three OPEC delegates said on Thursday, downplaying the chance of additional steps such as a bigger cut.
*Dubai newsroom; Editing by Keith Weir – Reuters