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Saudi Arabia reports oil export slump after OPEC cuts

The dip in exports for the fourth quarter of 2023 was due to Saudi Arabia’s decision to reduce crude output in accordance with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies — the kingdom has also implemented voluntary cuts.
Laborers work at the construction site of Saudi Aramco's (the national oil company) Al-Khurais central oil processing facility.

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports slumped 17.8% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2023 to $60.5 billion, figures revealed Wednesday, with non-oil exports falling marginally.

Data released by the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) also showed that the kingdom’s crude exports also declined in December, falling 15.8% to 72 billion Saudi riyals ($19.2 billion) compared to 85.5 billion Saudi riyals ($22.8 billion) for the same period in 2022.

In terms of quantity, crude exports fell by 28,000 barrels in December to 6.31 million barrels per day (bpd) year-on-year, according to the Joint Organisations Data Initiative cited by Dow Jones.

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