* Members deliver 92 pct of cut - OPEC secondary sources
* OPEC sources say compliance data is highest ever
* Official OPEC figures due on Monday
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LONDON, Feb 10 OPEC has delivered more than 90
percent of pledged oil output curbs in January, according to
figures the exporter group uses to monitor its supply, making a
strong start to implementation of its first production cut in
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is
cutting its crude output by about 1.2 million barrels per day
(bpd) from Jan. 1 to prop up oil prices and reduce a
Supply from the 11 OPEC members with production targets
under the deal has fallen to 29.921 million bpd, according to
the average assessments of the six secondary sources OPEC uses
to monitor its output and which were seen by Reuters.
This amounts to 92 percent compliance, according to an OPEC
calculation -- more than many analysts expected.
"It is encouraging," an OPEC source said of the compliance
data so far.
"That's the highest in OPEC history," another OPEC source
Oil rose on Friday, trading above $56 a barrel,
supported by a report from the International Energy Agency --
one of the six secondary sources OPEC uses -- that put OPEC
compliance at a record initial rate of 90 percent.
The OPEC figure of 92 percent comfortably exceeds the
initial 60 percent achieved when OPEC's previous deal was
implemented in 2009 and adds to indications that adherence has
OPEC is scheduled to publish its first assessment of January
production based on the secondary sources in its monthly oil
market report on Monday. The figures could be revised before
they are published, OPEC sources said.
The group uses two sets of figures to monitor its output --
figures provided by each country and by secondary sources that
include industry media. This is a legacy of old disputes over
how much countries were really pumping.
OPEC's production cut agreed last year was from levels as
assessed by the secondary sources.
The other five secondary sources used by OPEC are
oil-pricing agencies Platts and Argus, the U.S. Energy
Information Administration (EIA), consultancy Cambridge Energy
Research Associates (CERA) and industry newsletter Petroleum
Intelligence Weekly (PIW).
(Reporting by OPEC team; Editing by Susan Thomas and David