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OPEC oil export revenues surpass $870 billion, highest in decade

The revenues from the Organization of Oil Petroleum Exporting Countries peaked in 2012, when they reached $1.2 trillion.
Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al-Saud arrives for the 186th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna on June 3, 2023. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

The overall crude export revenues of the Organization of Oil Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) soared to their highest levels in nearly a decade in 2022 amid rising oil prices due to the Russia-Ukraine war and key members of the 23-country alliance raising their production levels of fossil fuel.

After Russian invaded Ukraine in February 2022, oil prices shot up but have since stabilized and remained relatively low this year due to the uncertain economic outlook and a slow post-pandemic recovery from China, leading to less demand. As of Wednesday morning Eastern Time, Brent was nearly at $80 per barrel.

Some 13 countries — including Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia — make up OPEC. A further 10 non-OPEC member states, combined with OPEC members, make up OPEC+, which produces around 40% of the world’s crude oil.

In 2022, the 13 OPEC countries saw a 54% surge in revenues to $873.57 billion, from $566.44 billion in 2021. The 2022 revenues were the highest in a decade, with the number peaking in 2012 at $1.2 trillion, according OPEC's Annual Statistical Bulletin.

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