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Saudis plan no oil cutback until OPEC settles pricing

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ahmad Zaki Yamani, here on a brief visit, said his country will maintain its current oil production level of 10.3 million barrels a day until OPEC member countries reach a base price for their traded crude oil. Oil reports earlier had speculated on a drop of about 500,000 barrels in Saudi Arabia's output, to 2 million barrels a day, to confront the emerging glut of OPEC crude.

Meanwhile in Bahrain, the OPEC oil exporters began intensive discussions on a new formula for fixing the world price of crude oil to the West's economic growth rate.

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The Indonesian oil minister, Dr. Subroto, current president of OPEC, arrived in Kuwait on a tour of Gulf oil exporting states to discuss pro spects for carrying out the formula, Kuwaiti officials said.

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