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OPEC will squeeze oil buffer to historic lows with an output hike

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By Ahmad GhaddarLONDON (Reuters) - The oil industry will face the biggest squeeze on its spare production capacity in more than three decades if OPEC and its allies agree next week to hike crude output, leaving the world more at risk of a price spike from any supply disruption.Spare capacity is the extra production oil producing states can bring onstream and sustain at short notice, providing global markets with a cushion in the event of natural disaster, conflict or any other cause of an unplanned supply outage.That buffer could shrink from more than 3 percent of global demand now to about 2 ...

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 15:27 IST