Kazakh central bank cuts oil output forecast for 2018-19

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Kazakhstan’s central bank has trimmed its forecast for the country’s oil output in 2019 and said it expects Brent crude oil to average $60 a barrel next year.
The bank said in a statement that it expects the country to produce 91 million tons of oil next year, down from its previous estimate of 93 million tons, and taking into account scheduled maintenance work at oilfields.
It also reduced its forecast for oil production this year to 90 million tons from 91 million tons.The new forecasts would still be above forecasts in the government’s budget for oil production of 87 million tons this year and 88 million tons in 2019.
Oil is the Central Asian nation’s chief export and the bank said it expects the price of Brent crude oil to average $71.80 a barrel this year and $60 next year. Brent was trading at $60 a barrel. The central bank also cut its forecast for Kazakhstan’s 2018 current account deficit to 1.2 percent of gross domestic product, from 2.3 percent in its previous outlook.—Agencies

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