Opec talks push oil prices higher

Global oil prices have risen on growing expectations that producers’ cartel Opec will vote to cut production.

US light crude was up $2.09 at $73.94 a barrel, with Brent up $2 at $71.62, ahead of Opec’s meeting on Friday.

Fears of a global economic slowdown have pushed oil prices down by half since July’s all-time highs.

Gulf of Mexico oil rig

Opec is meeting in Vienna on Friday

A number of Opec members, including Algeria, Iran and Venezuela, have already said they would like to see output cut to help shore up prices.

Growth risks

Opec’s meeting has been brought forward by three weeks in response to the recent fall in oil prices.

Algeria’s energy minister and Opec president Chakib Khelil said he expected the organisation to announce “substantial” output cuts.

Most oil analysts are now in agreement, with Merrill Lynch estimating that production could be cut by one million barrels per day.

Energy consultancy CGES says Opec will argue that it has to cut production to prevent a further “price collapse”.

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