Iraq Increases Oil Production As Violence Continues in the North

Iraq’s oil exports from its southern terminals in the Persian Gulf are poised to surge at a time when fighting has plunged the country’s north into chaos and Islamist militias are advancing toward Baghdad.

Exports of Basrah Light crude, the country’s main grade, may reach about 2.8 million barrels a day next month, according to a preliminary loading plan obtained by Bloomberg News yesterday. That’s 11 percent more than this year’s average and would be close to a three-decade high of 2.799 million barrels that Iraq said were exported from all its ports each day in February. OPEC’s second-largest producer shipped 5.43 million barrels from Basrah on June 11, Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said in Vienna the next day.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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