Petroleum production in Middle East countries in 1968 totaled 4,113,838,000 bbl at an average rate of 11,239,995 b/d. This compares with 3,679,506,000 bbl or 10,080,838 b/d in 1967. The principal production increases were in Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Oman.
New fields were found in offshore Iran, offshore and onshore Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
There were no exploratory activities in Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah-Ajman-Umm al Qawain, Dhofar, Hadhramaut, Aden-Kamaran Islands, Yemen, Lebanon, and Cyprus. The main areas of exploratory work were in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Neutral Zone, and the southern Gulf (both onshore and offshore).