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In Part III, the Report addresses oil and natural gas industries. Design capacity

of existing oil refineries in Arab countries reached to about 9.0 million b/d in 2016,

and Arab countries’ petroleum products production amounted to 7.7 million b/d, an

increase by 5.5%, compared to 2015.

The Report, in Part IV highlights oil and energy consumption in OAPEC members

and other Arab countries, including crude oil petroleum products by product, natural

gas, coal, and hydroelectric energy. Energy consumption in the Arab countries

totaled about 14.6 million boed in 2016, including 6.9 million boed of crude oil and

petroleum products, and nearly 7.4 million boed of natural gas.

Part V of the Report reviews oil and natural gas trade in OAPEC members and

other Arab countries, covering data of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas

imports and exports. Part VI tackles average spot prices of Arab and global crudes,

monthly and annual spot prices of OPEC basket and energy products prices in local

currencies and US dollars for the period 2014-2017.

In last three parts, the Report refers to oil and natural gas means of transportation

and reviews the number and tonnage of oil tankers, and pipeline grid available in the

member countries in Part VII. Where Part VIII contains data on electricity and Part

IX provides sources, definitions and conversion factors used in the Report.

The General Secretariat aspires that the Report will serve its purpose. It

extends profound thanks and appreciation to OAPEC member countries’ officials

for activating the role of liaison officers in the data bank, and for their constant

cooperation in providing the General Secretariat with official statistical data, thus

enriching the credibility of the data contained in the Report.

Abbas Ali Al-Naqi

Secretary General