Iraqi oil exports fall as OPEC scrutiny rises

Countrywide exports of 3.143 million bpd suggest Iraq has reduced output, with OPEC-plus members insisting on full quota compliance as they consider extending cuts.
Iraqi oil exports fall as OPEC scrutiny rises
Tankers load at the al-Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) on June 19, 2019. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

Nationwide oil exports fell by about 134,000 barrels per day (bpd) in November, as Iraq appeared to cut back toward its OPEC quota obligations after a big output increase in October.

The federal Oil Ministry said* it averaged 2.709 million bpd in exports for the month, down from 2.876 million bpd in October. The semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) posted 435,000 bpd in independent oil sales, according to an industry official, up from 401,000 bpd the previous month.

This content is for registered users. Please login to continue.
If you are not a registered user, you may purchase a subscription or sign up for a free trial.
Iraq Oil Report Attribution Policy

All sources quoted or referenced spoke to Iraq Oil Report directly and exclusively, unless stated otherwise. Iraq Oil Report typically grants anonymity to sources that can't speak without risking their personal safety or job security. We only publish information from anonymous sources that we independently corroborate and are important to core elements of the story. We do not provide anonymity to sources whose purpose is to further personal or political agendas.

Iraq Oil Report Commitment to Independence

Iraq Oil Report strives to provide thoroughly vetted reporting and fair-minded analysis that enables readers to understand the dynamic events of Iraq. To meet this goal, we always seek to gather first-hand information on the ground, verify facts from multiple angles, and solicit input from every stakeholder involved in a given story.

We view our independence as an integral piece of our competitive advantage. Whereas many media entities in Iraq are owned or heavily influenced by political parties, Iraq Oil Report is wholly owned by several of its employees. In a landscape that is often polarized and politicized, we are able to gather and corroborate information from an unusually wide array of sources because we can speak with all of them in good faith.

To fund this enterprise, Iraq Oil Report depends on revenue from both advertising and subscriptions. Some of our advertisers and subscribers ‐ including companies, governments, and NGOs ‐ are also subjects of our reporting. Consistent with journalistic best practices, Iraq Oil Report maintains a strict firewall that removes business considerations from editorial decision-making. When we are choosing which stories to report and how to write them, our readers always come first.