Though seven of the world’s top oil-producing countries together flared enough associated gas to power sub-Saharan Africa last year, the volume of gas flared by the oil industry fell by 5% as the coronavirus pandemic slowed demand and ultimately, oil production.

That’s according to a report released April 28 by The World Bank, which again named Russia, Iraq, Iran, the U.S., Algeria, Venezuela and Nigeria as the largest flaring countries. Combined, the countries accounted for about 40% of oil produced and about 65% of gas flared globally in 2020, according to the report based on satellite data.

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