The Middle East produced 3,048,538,000 barrels of petroleum in 1965, an increase of 9.5 percent over 1964. The principal increases were in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. New fields were found in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, and Syria. Extensions were found in Kuwait, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Exploration was principally in Iran, Saudi Arabia, both onshore and offshore in the southern Persian Gulf, Oman, and Turkey. Safaniya, the world's largest offshore field, in Saudi Arabia, had its producing capacity increased to 600,000 barrels per day. The production of liquefied petroleum gas in Kuwait increased 60 percent over 1964.

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