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Qatar quits OPEC to boost its liquefied natural gas production

Qatar joined OPEC in 1961 and has been its 11th biggest producer, putting out 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Doha, Qatar's futuristic skyline by night
Doha, Qatar's futuristic skyline by night (AN/Jimmy Baikovicius)

OPEC is poised to lose the world's largest exporter of liquified natural gas starting in 2019.

Qatar's energy minister, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, announced his nation will pull out of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which it joined in 1961, and expand its liquefied natural gas production.

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