Iraq’s oil output hits record high

Iraq’s oil output hits record high

BAGHDAD - Agence France-Presse
Iraq’s oil production is now over three million barrels per day (bpd), the country’s highest output since 1979, top Iraqi energy officials said yesterday in Baghdad.

“Oil production is now over three million barrels per day,” Hussein al-Shahristani, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy affairs, said in a speech at the oil ministry.

Iraq’s current production “is the highest since 1979,” Oil Minister Abdelkarim al-Luaybi told Agence France-Presse.

Luaybi has said Iraq plans on increasing oil production and exports this year to 3.4 million bpd and 2.6 million bpd, respectively.

Iraq exported 65.3 million barrels of crude in January -an average of about 2.1 million bpd- and earned $7.123 billion from oil sales, according to oil ministry figures.

Shahristani also said that a new Gulf export terminal “has been examined and oil will be exported from it during the next two days.”

Oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad has said that the terminal is part of a plan to increase Iraq’s production and export capacity, and that the second of five planned terminals will hopefully be completed this year.

The eventual goal is for Iraq to be able to export five million barrels per day of oil from the south alone, Jihad said.