Macron Tells Biden that UAE, Saudi Can Barely Raise Oil Output

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been perceived as the only two countries in OPEC with spare capacity to boost global deliveries that could reduce prices.

Reuters

Two top OPEC oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), can barely increase oil production, French President Emmanuel Macron on June 27 said he had been told by the UAE’s president.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been perceived as the only two countries in OPEC with spare capacity to boost global deliveries that could reduce prices.

“I had a call with MbZ,” Macron was heard telling U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G7 summit, using shorthand for UAE leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. “He told me two things. I'm at a maximum, maximum [production capacity]. This is what he claims.”

“And then he said [the] Saudis can increase by 150 [thousand barrels per day]. Maybe a little bit more, but they don’t have huge capacities before six months’ time,” Macron said.

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