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Iran oil exports reach 'one of the highest levels ever'

View of a crude oil importing port [REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo]
Oil tanker at a port [REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo]

Iran boosted its oil exports to 2.44 million barrels per day in late October as it regains the market share it lost during years of international sanctions, its oil minister said yesterday.

"Oil exports reached 2.44 million bpd in late October, one of the highest levels ever," the Mehr news agency quoted Bijan Namdar Zanganeh as saying.

Since a nuclear deal with world powers took effect in January and international sanctions were lifted, Iran has rapidly increased its oil exports from around one million bpd.

Oil cartel OPEC agreed at an informal meeting in September to cut production in a bid to reduce a global supply glut and bolster prices which have hovered around $50 per barrel.

Iran, which has the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world, has refused to cut production as it seeks to recover its lost market share.

Along with Libya and Nigeria, it was granted an exemption from the planned cuts, as long as it keeps production to levels "that make sense".

 

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