On 9 March 2020 global oil prices tumbled in a way they had not done – at least not in one single day – since 1991, with the price of a barrel of Brent plunging a whopping 26 percent to USD $31.13. What actually happened here?

Well, oil prices plunged dramatically after Russia failed to agree with Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members (during a meeting in Vienna, Austria, on 6 March 2020). OPEC members, led by Saudi Arabia, said they wanted to cut oil output by 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of June 2020 in an effort to boost global oil prices as oil demand had decreased amid subdued global economic growth, COVID-19 fears, and lockdowns, while the oil supply has remained steady.

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This article discusses the following:

What caused the huge plunge in global oil prices in March 2020?

How has the world's traditional oil power structure changed in recent years?

Are ultra-low oil prices positive or negative for Indonesia?

Production, consumption and investment in oil exploration in Indonesia.


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