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OPEC’s oil production falls in August

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 12/09/2017 (16:32)
According to Bloomberg, oil production in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) fell in August after rising for the last four months. Excluding Libya and Nigeria, the 12 members of OPEC pumped 30.004 million barrels/day in August, down from 30.113 million barrels/day in July.

The decrease in the cartel’s output was attributed to the fact that the group’s largest member Saudi Arabia cut down on its production.

OPEC’s August estimate does not include Libya and Nigeria, both of which were exempted from the cartel’s decision to cut production in November since their output had already tanked due to domestic conflicts. According to OPEC’s data, Libya’s oil output fell to 890,000 barrels/day in August while Nigeria increased its production to 1.86 million barrels/day.

Meanwhile, OPEC increased its expectations for global oil demand and world economic growth. According to the cartel, the global economy will grow 3.5% in 2017 instead of its previous forecast of 3.4% while it expects the world to consume 96.77 million barrels/day of oil in 2017 and 98.12 million barrel/day in 2018.
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