OPEC could add a new member at its meeting on Friday, with the Republic of Congo seeking to join the producer group. Congo, which produces about 250,000-300,000 b/d, would become OPEC’s 15th country, if its application is approved, and add to the organization’s growing African bloc. A vote is likely to be on the OPEC meeting agenda, sources told S&P Global Platts, though a Congo representative said it could be pushed to later this year, given that the organization faces a week of thorny talks over the future of its production cut agreement. The Congo bid is “looking good, but since OPEC has a lot of difficult issues to discuss, it’s not quite on the priority list for now,” said a representative from the country who is in Vienna for discussions with OPEC. He added that Congo was keen to join OPEC straightaway, but the organization was facing “a […]