Black Gold: Iraq oil income drops on lower prices

Iraq depends on oil sales for the vast majority of government income.


Afp June 03, 2012

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s revenues from oil sales fell in May compared to the previous month as a result of declining global crude prices and increased domestic demand, the oil ministry said on Saturday. Overall Iraqi oil exports averaged 2.45 million barrels per day (bpd), equating to 75.95 million barrels over the course of May, ministry spokesperson Assem Jihad said. While the total figure for May was higher than the previous month, the daily average declined from April’s exports of 2.508 million bpd. “Because of increased domestic requirements, the Ministry of Oil decided to send more oil to local refineries,” Jihad said. Declining world oil prices also meant income from crude sales fell to around $8 billion for May, according to Jihad, compared to $8.8 billion in revenues in April, which is the highest figure since 1989. Iraq depends on oil sales for the vast majority of government income.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2012.

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