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Iran Kicks Off Plan to Boost Oil Exports as Sanctions Lifted

  • Country seeking immediate increase of 500,000 barrels a day
  • Greater Iran sales to pressure prices amid oil glut: Mills
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Iran is beginning efforts to boost oil production and exports amid a global supply glut after the removal of sanctions that shackled its economy and capped crude sales.

The Persian Gulf country is targeting an immediate increase in shipments of 500,000 barrels a day, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, deputy oil minister for commerce and international affairs, said Sunday in an interview in Tehran. Iran plans to add another half million barrels within months. The additional crude will push prices lower when it enters markets that are already oversupplied, said Robin Millsof Dubai-based oil consultant Qamar Energy.