Angola to leave OPEC amid dispute over oil quotas
Angola has officially announced its decision to exit the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after 16 years of membership. The departure comes amid a contentious dispute over production quotas within the organization.
Luanda, the capital of Angola, rejected a reduced output limit imposed by OPEC leaders, which aimed to account for the country's declining oil output capacity. In the preceding month, the OPEC+ oil producer group had reduced Angola's oil output target to 1.11 million barrels per day (bpd).
In response, Angola's oil minister's office expressed discontent by sending a note of protest to OPEC regarding the decision. OPEC Governor Estevao Pedro of Angola was quoted by Bloomberg at that time, indicating the country's dissatisfaction with the 2024 target and its intention not to adhere to it.
Angola's decision to exit OPEC after 16 years carries significant implications for global oil dynamics. The move underscores internal discord within OPEC over production quotas and signals Angola's resistance to constraints on its oil output. The rejection of a reduced output limit reflects the country's concern about accommodating its declining oil production capacity. This departure disrupts OPEC's cohesion and challenges the organization's ability to enforce unified production strategies. Angola's dissatisfaction with its 2024 oil output target adds to the complexities faced by OPEC in managing member interests and may influence other oil-producing nations to reassess their OPEC memberships, potentially impacting the organization's effectiveness in stabilizing global oil markets and coordinating production policies. Overall, Angola's exit introduces uncertainties in OPEC's dynamics, reflecting broader challenges in maintaining consensus among member countries.