Angola is leaving OPEC, Angolan news agency ANGOP reported on December 21, quoting the African producer’s oil minister Diamantino de Azevedo.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, led by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, the news agency noted.
Jornal de Angola also reported the news.
Angola and another African OPEC member, Nigeria, had a spat with the other cartel members before the latest meeting regarding their oil production quotas.
At a meeting in June, Angola and Nigeria were given lower crude oil production quotas as part of the OPEC+ agreement, after the two producers had underperformed and failed to pump to their quotas for years, due to a lack of investment in new fields and maturing older oilfields.
The most recent spat within OPEC about the African countries’ quotas was one of the reasons for the cartel to postpone its latest meeting within a few days.
African OPEC members Angola, Congo, and Nigeria were forced to commit to lower output in 2024, and the originally scheduled November 26 meeting could potentially have pressured them to make further production cuts, as the Saudis expressed discontent over compliance with the deal as it shoulders the bulk of the burden.
Before the meeting at the end of November, Angola said it was not considering quitting the cartel.
“There’s no thinking in that direction,” Angola OPEC governor Estevao Pedro told Bloomberg at the time, assuring markets that Africa’s second-largest producer had no intentions of rocking the boat to that extent.
However, it seems now that Angola doesn’t see an OPEC membership as beneficial anymore after the recent spats over its production quota.
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