Saudi swing role assured for another decade

Will Saudi Arabia continue to maintain its role as swing producer for oil markets in the coming decade?A new report by oil economist Tony Mackay, founder of Mackay Consultants Ltd., Inverness, Scotland, offers compelling evidence that the kingdom will not relinquish that role in the coming decade.Mackay's report focused on prospects for the Middle East oil and gas industry for 2003-12. He concludes that most countries in the region will have to limit oil production in order to avoid a collapse in world oil prices. He also contends that growth in production from Iraq—and probably Iran as well—will have to come at the expense of output in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE. A...

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