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IEA to hold emergency meeting following historic US oil release

<i>Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty Images</i><br/>A worker refuels a gasoline tanker truck at the Valero Energy Corp. oil refinery terminal in Memphis
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A worker refuels a gasoline tanker truck at the Valero Energy Corp. oil refinery terminal in Memphis

By Matt Egan, CNN Business

The International Energy Agency is planning to hold an emergency meeting Friday, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN, setting the stage for other nations to follow the United States’ lead in releasing oil from emergency reserves.

After announcing a record release of 180 million barrels of oil, US President Joe Biden said Thursday other countries could release as many as 30 million to 50 million barrels of oil. That would be in addition to the historic US release.

“The higher the number, the more likely the prices come down,” Biden told reporters.

Selling in the oil market accelerated in the wake of Biden’s announcement, with US oil briefly tumbling below $100 a barrel.

In recent trading, oil was down 6.8% to $100.47 a barrel.

An IEA spokesperson declined to comment.

However, Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA, said on Thursday during a Twitter Spaces conversation hosted by The New York Times that IEA governments are “coming together in an extraordinary meeting” on Friday to discuss “what kind of steps we can take in order to provide stability to the oil markets.”

In early March, the IEA announced the coordinated release of 60 million barrels from emergency reserves of member nations, including 30 million from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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