S E C R E T KUWAIT 001749
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/01/2014
TAGS: ECON ENRG EPET
SUBJECT: (U) KUWAIT: G-7 FINANCE MINISTERS' STATEMENT AND
REF: STATE 119065
Classified By: CDA FRANK URBANCIC FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D).
Â¶1. (S) Ambassador delivered the G-7 Finance Ministers'
Statement and reftel talking points to Energy Minister Shaykh
Ahmed al-Fahd al-Ahmed al-Sabah on 1 June at the VVIP lounge,
Kuwait City International Airport. Shaykh Ahmed was en route
to the 3 June OPEC meeting.
Â¶2. (S) The Minister told Ambassador that the GOK concurred
in the G-7 observation that stable prices and steady,
consistent and predictable oil supplies are essential for the
global economy. He pledged that the GOK is prepared to do
its part in support of meeting those objectives.
Â¶3. (S) Shaykh Ahmed noted, however, that he thought there to
be "plenty of oil on the market already." He estimated that
oil was now overpriced by $8.00 a barrel and he attributed
this to "strict environmental regulations (not further
identified) in the individual U.S. states" and to hoarding by
downstream energy marketers due to "concerns over Iraq and
the Middle East situation." "The problem is on your side,
not ours," he concluded. Nevertheless, Kuwait, he offered,
would support an increase from 23.5 to 25.5 or 26 million
barrels per day (bpd) in overall OPEC output in order to
stabilize the market.
Â¶4. (S) Shaykh Ahmed said that Kuwait now produces less than
2.4 million bpd with spare capacity in the neighborhood of
200,000 bpd. Declaring that "We know our responsibilities,"
he assured Ambassador that Kuwait would increase production
by 150,000 bpd, bringing its total output to approximately
2.5 million bpd, should OPEC so agree at the Beirut meeting.