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The Saudis still share strategic interests with the United States and continue to play a large global energy role for their ability to increase oil production so prices do not spike even as OPEC, the once-formidable cartel, has seen its production remain stagnant for 40 years. Source

What is this "for" here?

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    "because of", "as a result of" – Damkerng T. Dec 3 '13 at 7:36
  • Here, the word for is used as beneficial (for Saudis). We may probably see that as in order to. – Maulik V Dec 3 '13 at 9:41
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    @DamkerngT. You got it - post it :) – StoneyB Dec 3 '13 at 10:33
  • @StoneyB. As you wish! – Damkerng T. Dec 3 '13 at 11:05
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This use of for is listed here, under sense #7,

for (prep.)
As a result of; because of: jumped for joy.

From the sentence,

(The Saudis) (still share strategic interests with the United States) and continue to play a large global energy role (for their ability to increase oil production) so prices do not spike even as OPEC, the once-formidable cartel, has seen its production remain stagnant for 40 years.

The relevant part for this for here is "The Saudis continue to play a large global energy role".

But why they can continue to play so?
It is because of "their ability to increase oil production".

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