December production stumbles on temporary Rumaila outage

Iraq finished 2019 with its lowest monthly production average of the year due to OPEC cuts and a brief output drop at its most prolific field.
December production stumbles on temporary Rumaila outage
Workers move equipment at a drilling rig at the Rumaila oil field in Basra. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)

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Nationwide oil production fell by more than 3 percent in December to 4.54 million barrels per day (bpd), according to an Iraq Oil Report analysis based on data gathered from each field* – the lowest monthly average posted by Iraq in 2019.

Output fell primarily because of temporary outages at Rumaila, the country's highest-producing field, where production dropped by about 300,000 bpd for several days early in the month.

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