Iraq, which objected to output limits in 2016, may dig in its heels again. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)
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The biggest snag in OPEC's push for a consensus on cutting oil output could come from relentless growth in supply from its second-biggest producer, Iraq.Iraqi output could reach 6 million barrels a day by 2025, according to consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd.Iraq, which objected to output limits in 2016, may dig in its heels again.FGE estimates that Iraq could pump as much as 4.7 million barrels a day next year, depending on what OPEC and other producers decide at their Dec. 6 meeting, compared with about 4.5 million in November.Saudi Arabia is pumping as much as 11.2 million barrels a day, though it has said it supports a drop in output and has pledged to reduce monthly exports by 500,000 barrels a day in December.Like Iraq, OPEC members Libya and Nigeria are trying to restore production after years of internal conflict.
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