It is an honour to be able to present the 52nd edition of the Annual Statistical Bulletin (ASB), one of OPEC’s most important publications. Since its first publication in 1965, the ASB has been a useful reference tool for research analysts and academics, as well as policy-makers and many others working in the oil and gas industry. It makes available data about the oil and gas industry worldwide and also functions as an important source of reliable information for the benefit of different stakeholders in the oil industry. The 2017 ASB provides key statistical data for all of OPEC’s 13 Member Countries — Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Gabon, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela (the 53rd edition of the ASB will include data for Equatorial Guinea) — as well as their National Oil Companies. In addition, it also provides useful information about other non-OPEC oil producing countries, bringing together important data on the upstream and the downstream, on exports, imports, production, refineries, pipelines and shipping. In regularly publishing the ASB and making such data publicly available, OPEC seeks to ensure greater data transparency and increased sharing of information about the oil and gas industry and its many stakeholders. This has long been one of OPEC’s key objectives. The 2017 edition of the ASB is available in various formats including print and PDF. A separate interactive online version, which is freely available on the OPEC website, includes historical time-series data going back to 1960. The ASB is also available in a Smart App version, with many advanced features. This can be downloaded for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The ASB is the product of detailed and time-intensive work over many months, involving the contributions of many analysts, researchers and statisticians at the OPEC Secretariat and in our Member Countries. Their work has to be commended, for it is only through such efforts that the Organization can continue to regularly fulfil its commitment to contribute to market stability through an enhancement of data transparency. I therefore would like to thank the staff at the OPEC Secretariat, as well as colleagues and officials in OPEC Member Countries, for their commitment, continuing hard work and valuable contributions.
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General