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OPEC: Iraq violence not causing oil output drop

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of OPEC, the group of major oil exporters, says recent crude price increases are to blame on market fears caused by the crisis in Iraq but not on a drop in output.

OPEC Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry said Tuesday that Iraq is “still producing as normal,” with 95 percent of its capacity in the country’s south being unaffected by the violence.

The price for a barrel of Brent crude, the key international benchmark, has risen from a stable level of $110 held over the past four years to about $115 following the takeover of some parts of Iraq by Sunni insurgents.

Al-Badry says prices are not rising because of supply shortages but because the market is “nervous” and investors are speculating.

He adds OPEC still has spare capacity.

OPEC: Iraq violence not causing oil output drop

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of OPEC, the group of major oil exporters, says recent crude price increases are to blame on market fears caused by the crisis in Iraq but not on a drop in output.

OPEC Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry said Tuesday that Iraq is “still producing as normal,” with 95 percent of its capacity in the country’s south being unaffected by the violence.

The price for a barrel of Brent crude, the key international benchmark, has risen from a stable level of $110 held over the past four years to about $115 following the takeover of some parts of Iraq by Sunni insurgents.

Al-Badry says prices are not rising because of supply shortages but because the market is “nervous” and investors are speculating.

He adds OPEC still has spare capacity.

OPEC: Iraq violence not causing oil output drop

KDWN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of OPEC, the group of major oil exporters, says recent crude price increases are to blame on market fears caused by the crisis in Iraq but not on a drop in output.

OPEC Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry said Tuesday that Iraq is “still producing as normal,” with 95 percent of its capacity in the country’s south being unaffected by the violence.

The price for a barrel of Brent crude, the key international benchmark, has risen from a stable level of $110 held over the past four years to about $115 following the takeover of some parts of Iraq by Sunni insurgents.

Al-Badry says prices are not rising because of supply shortages but because the market is “nervous” and investors are speculating.

He adds OPEC still has spare capacity.