The Iran Project

OPEC divided on the right price for oil


The agreement by OPEC to exempt Iran from a much-debated oil freeze plan has been praised by the country’s media as a victory with most of the credits going to the country’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh. (Photo by Shana)

Wall Street Journal | Benoit Faucon and Summer Said: OPEC is breaking down into two camps after more than a year of unity. On one side is Saudi Arabia, which wants oil prices at $70 a barrel or higher, and on the other is Iran, which wants them around $60.

The split is driven by differing views over whether $70 a barrel sends U.S. shale companies into a production frenzy that could cause prices to crash. At stake is the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ production limits, which are among factors helping the oil market’s monthslong recovery.

Iran wants OPEC to work to keep oil prices around $60 a barrel to contain shale producers, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told The Wall Street Journal in a rare interview. That is a little below Friday’s prices of $65.49 a barrel for Brent crude, the international benchmark, and $62.04 in the U.S.

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