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Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

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Staff Writer | January 19, 2018
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Oil exploration   The biggest decline among the OPEC members

Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC.

It was hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

The South American country produced 2.072 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 versus 2.373 million bpd the previous year, a nearly 300,000-bpd drop.

That was the biggest decline among the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that have pledged to restrain production since the start of 2017 through 2018.


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