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Saudi Oil Exports Rise in Oct.
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Saudi Oil Exports Rise in Oct.

Saudi Arabia boosted crude exports in October to the highest level in four months, as the world’s biggest oil exporter added barrels to a worldwide supply glut that has contributed to a slump in prices.
Its shipments rose to 7.36 million barrels a day in the month from 7.11 million in September, according to the latest figures from the Joint Organizations Data Initiative, Bloomberg reported.
The monthly exports were the most since June and 7% higher than in October 2014, the data released on Sunday showed. JODI is an industry group supervised by the Riyadh-based International Energy Forum.
Iran, the fifth-biggest supplier in OPEC, exported 1.395 million barrels a day of crude in October, a marginal increase from 1.39 million in September, JODI figures showed.
The OPEC kingpin produced 10.28 million barrels a day in October, up from 10.23 million in September, the JODI figures showed.
Saudi Arabia led OPEC to decide on Dec. 4 to abandon the group’s limits on output amid efforts to squeeze higher-cost producers such as Russia and US shale drillers out of the market.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries had set a production target almost without interruption since 1982, though member countries often ignored and pumped well above it.
The oversupply has pushed the price of benchmark Brent Crude to almost a seven-year low and triggered the worst slump in the energy industry since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Brent for February settlement dropped 18 cents, or 0.5%, on Friday to $36.88 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The crude grade has tumbled 36% this year.
Saudi Arabia pumped 10.33 million barrels a day in November, exceeding 10 million barrels in daily output for the ninth consecutive month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Saudis have stuck to their one-year-old view that any output cuts will not succeed in supporting prices unless big producers outside OPEC, including Russia and Mexico, also participate.
Crude exports fell in October from Iraq and Kuwait, OPEC’s second- and fourth-biggest producers, respectively, according to JODI. Iraq shipped 2.708 million barrels a day, down from 3.05 million barrels a day in September for the country’s fourth consecutive monthly decline, the data showed.
Kuwait’s exports dropped to 1.9 million barrels a day in October from 2 million in the previous month, JODI said.

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