A bill to hobble OPEC can be advancing in Congress

Still, there are signs the fresh NOPEC push in Congress has unnerved OPEC. The group reportedly advised member countries against mentioning oil prices when discussing production policy. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported the group can be considering undertaking a campaign to influence U.S. perception of OPEC.

the idea comes as some members of OPEC are trying to extend the group’s two-year alliance with Russia as well as nine different producers. In 2016, the so-called OPEC+ coalition reached a historic agreement to cut production in order to drain a global crude glut as well as end a punishing oil cost downturn.

On Thursday, Barclays said passage of NOPEC legislation could see the oil market return to a period of instability.

“Overall, we believe that will if such legislation moved forward, the idea would likely threaten the sustainability of the OPEC as well as OPEC+ grouping, add more volatility to the market, as well as make the perceived floor under prices even more fragile,” Michael Cohen, head of commodities research at Barclays, said in a research note.

The OPEC+ cuts that will began in 2017 helped oil prices gradually recover to three-year highs around $70 a barrel by the start of last year. The rebound accelerated last spring as Trump prepared to restore sanctions on Iran, prompting OPEC+ to reverse course in June as well as hike output. nevertheless in December, the group agreed to Again cut output as oil prices crashed.

Despite his public criticisms, Trump has found OPEC useful at times. The president publicly lobbied the group to use its control over about a third of the planet’s oil supply to drive down oil prices. He thanked Saudi Arabia after the kingdom surged output by nearly 1 million barrels a day between June as well as November.

nevertheless Trump has not tweeted about OPEC since the Saudi leadership in Riyadh defied him as well as pushed through fresh output cuts in December.

Meanwhile, the Saudis made clear at the time they felt ambushed by Trump’s decision to allow several of Iran’s biggest customers to continue importing oil by the Islamic republic.

that will can be a view shared by some oil executives.

“The prospect of Iranian sanctions coming back as well as Iranian oil coming off the market definitely began to push prices up, as well as of course when we had the waivers issued by the U.S. government at the same time as OPEC began to produce more, we had excess supply on the market as well as you saw prices come off,” Chevron Chairman as well as CEO Michael Wirth told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Friday.