The Financial Times reports that not only is this year’s haul a record in nominal dollars, but also surpasses the totals for 1973-74 and 1979-81 in inflation-adjusted dollars. OPEC pumps about 30 million barrels of oil a day.
Iran’s share of the take was smaller than usual, owing to U.S. and European sanctions on the country related to Iran’s nuclear development program. According to the FT, in the first 11 months of the year, Iran’s share of the revenues fell from a typical range of 9% to 10% to just 6.5%. The beneficiaries have been Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. Libyan production has also returned to its pre-civil war levels.