Kur­dis­tan pumped oil to Tur­key through in­de­pen­dent pipe­lines for the first time

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A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial stated that on Fri­day, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion started ex­port­ing oil and gas to Tur­key based on an agree­ment signed be­tween Er­bil and Ankara last month.

A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial stated that on Fri­day, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion started ex­port­ing oil and gas to Tur­key based on an agree­ment signed be­tween Er­bil and Ankara last month.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, 50 per­cent of the ex­port is pur­chased by Tur­key and the re­main­ing 50 per­cent will be sent to the world mar­ket.

Dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to Tur­key last month, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani signed an agree­ment with Ankara that would al­low Kur­dis­tan’s oil to reach the world mar­ket via Cey­han, a Mediter­ranean port.

Kur­dish of­fi­cials ex­pect around 400,000 bar­rels of oil per day to be pumped through the new pipe­line by the end of 2014.

Bagh­dad had ini­tially voiced con­cerns about Kur­dis­tan’s oil agree­ment with Ankara, say­ing that only the cen­tral gov­ern­ment has the au­thor­ity to ex­port Iraqi oil.

How­ever, at an Oil and Gas con­fer­ence in Er­bil ear­lier this month, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said, “Our deal is a great vic­tory for Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. This process is bring­ing both sides to­gether and we should agree on a mech­a­nism with our Iraqi part­ners to share the rev­enue ac­cord­ing to the con­sti­tu­tion.”

“The Kurds will not back­track and our agree­ment with Tur­key isn’t a threat to any­one,” Barzani said.

Oil has be­gun to flow into Tur­key through a new pipe­line from Iraq's au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan re­gion – a sig­nif­i­cant step to­ward Kur­dis­tan's first in­de­pen­dent pipe­line ex­ports. The oil flow is part of the fi­nal stage of pipe­line test­ing, ac­cord­ing to an in­dus­try fig­ure and a se­nior Turk­ish of­fi­cial. Con­trary to other me­dia re­ports, the crude is not yet be­ing mar­keted or sold; tech­ni­cally, pipe­line ex­ports have not yet be­gun.

Of­fi­cial ex­ports are a bit be­yond sched­ule, which some blame on Bagh­dad’s ob­jec­tions to the ar­range­ments be­tween Ankara and Er­bil,

How­ever, Safeen Diza­yee, of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, said at a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day that the de­lay is due to tech­ni­cal is­sues.

Diza­yee talked about the agree­ment be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Tur­key over pipe­line con­struc­tion and oil ex­ports, say­ing the project had taken more than eigh­teen months to bring to fruition and was com­pleted 20 days ago.

“The in­ter­na­tional ex­port of Kur­dis­tan’s oil is not on hold await­ing the green light from the Iraqi gov­ern­ment; the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will be­gin ex­port­ing its oil in the near fu­ture,” Diza­yee told the press. “It is only a mat­ter of time.”

The fi­nal welded sec­tion of the KRG's Khur­mala - Feyshk­abour pipe­line lies by trench­ing im­me­di­ately south of oil stor­age tanks at DNO In­ter­na­tional's pump­ing sta­tion, 3km from the Tur­key bor­der. Au­gust 17, 2013.

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