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Without Saudis, talk of OPEC meet only noise

Excess gas is burnt off at a pipeline is seen in West Qurna oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra August 19, 2015. Iraq's oil exports have fallen by at least 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) so far in August according to loading data, making it less likely the several-month trend of rising OPEC output that has weakened oil prices will be sustained this month. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani Excess gas is burnt off at a pipeline is seen in West Qurna oilfield in Basra

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 26, 2015, on page 5.

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