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Iraq delivers steady oil production in 2023 despite turbulence

Oil Ministry aims for capacity increases in 2024 despite tighter OPEC-plus quota and infrastructure bottlenecks.
Gas flares at the 6th separation station at West Qurna 1 oil field. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq's oil production held steady at 4.63 million barrels per day (bpd) in December to bring the country's annual average for 2023 up to 4.60 million bpd, according to an Iraq Oil Report analysis based on field-by-field data gathered on a monthly basis. *

The country's overall output was virtually unchanged from its 2022 average of 4.61 million bpd, but fields managed by the federal government contributed a larger share in 2023.

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