(OilPrice) OPEC is probably the single most powerful organisation in the oil industry, able to influence the price of oil to help its member states; however a review by Bassam Fattouh and Lavan Mahadeva of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies suggests that whilst OPEC is able to influence prices in the short term, it has less success over the long term.

That leaves the question as to whether OPEC will be able to maintain oil prices of around $110 a barrel for the coming decade or so? The answer … unlikely.

Fattouh and Mahadeva suggest that OPEC only works effectively to “avoid oil prices falling below some level deemed acceptable by its members, rather than to prevent oil prices from rising above certain levels or to set a price ceiling.” In other words it has less power to maintain high oil prices, as it does to prevent low oil prices.

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