Crude plunged for eight of nine weeks prior to the group’s November gathering, when the kingdom faced down opposition from the majority of fellow members, who advocated output reductions to tackle a global glut.
Defying the threat from Islamic State militants, Iraq has been ramping up exports from both the Shiite south – where companies like BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc operate – and the Kurdish region in the north.
As the price of oil seemingly began to stabilize for now near $60 a barrel, the U.S. oil rig count slowed its pace of decline down to a crawl. The number of U.S. oil rigs is now at 659, according to Baker Hughes data, after dropping by eight oil rigs a week prior.
ENOC, owner of 53 percent of Dragon, said it intends to offer 735 pence a share, a premium of 44 percent from March 13, the day before talks were initially disclosed. It plans to meet with Dragon Oil’s shareholders to discuss the proposal.
Crude oil prices remain about 44 percent lower than in June even after rebounding somewhat from a six-year low in March. The lower prices have led oil-sands producers in Western Canada to reduce spending by billions of dollars and cut thousands of jobs.
The Group of Seven’s biggest oil exporter may see drilling investment slashed by $23.2 billion in the coming 12 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s a 29 percent reduction from the previous 12 months and the biggest since at least 2007.
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