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Of the four candidates, only Saudi Arabia's man is not a former petroleum minister, a position OPEC secretary-generals have traditionally held at some point.
The Minister and OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Badri, meanwhile, discussed the possible implications of rising shale oil production on global oil markets, the report added.
I'm sure 100 per cent when looking at the markets there is no shortage in the market, there is plenty of oil in the market," Opec Secretary-General Abdullah Al Badri told Reuters in Davos on Thursday last.
An ex-oil minister, diplomat and former OPEC secretary-general, Lukman now is the most powerful man in the petroleum sector next to President Yar'Adua.
OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri, who greeted the OPEC president on his arrival in Vienna, said it was too soon to say whether OPEC might consider changing its output ceiling when it next meets in September.
If we have about 80 per cent (compliance), then we still need about 800,000 bpd to cut," Opec secretary-general Abdullah Al-Badri said.
Opec secretary-general Abdullah Al Badri, earlier called for tighter regulation of oil markets to reduce the amount of speculative investment, but did not give more details of how that could be achieved.
Before Ali Rodriguez of Venezuela became OPEC secretary-general in January 2001, Ghanem used to head the secretariat on interim basis when Rilwanu Lukman was absent.
Meanwhile, OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Badri said that there is no need to panic at markets over recent decline of oil prices, affirming that the situation will improve automatically.
Saudi Arabia's firm decision to retreat its candidacy for the post of OPEC Secretary-General has not yet been announced, but it seems that Iran and Iraq are stronger candidates for the post than Saudi Arabia," Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said last month.
During a visit to Iran OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri told that "oil supply to the market is enough and high oil prices are not due to a shortage of crude but rather it is because of the decrease in the dollar`s value, shortage of refinery capacity and some political tensions in the world".
Rilwanu Lukman: An ex-oil minister, diplomat and former OPEC secretary-general, Lukman now is the most powerful man in the petroleum sector next to President Yar'Adua.