KRG statement on first oil sales through Ceyhan pipelines
Following the first sales of Kurdistan Region’s oil through the direct Kurdish-Turkish pipelines, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a statement on its official web portal on Friday, 23 May, 2014.
Following the first sales of Kurdistan Region’s oil through the direct Kurdish-Turkish pipelines, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a statement on its official web portal on Friday, 23 May, 2014. Below is the statement:
In line with its policy of implementing the 2005's Constitution of Iraq and helping Iraq to produce, export and at- tain the revenue targets, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has completed the first sales of crude oil produced in the Kurdistan Region and piped to the port of Ceyhan.
A tanker loaded with over one million barrels of crude oil departed last night from Ceyhan towards Europe. This is the first of many such sales of oil exported through the newly constructed pipeline in the Kurdistan Region.
The revenue from the sales will be deposited in a KRG-controlled account in Halkbank in Turkey and will be treated as part of the KRG’s budgetary entitlement under Iraq’s revenue sharing and distribution as defined under the 2005's Constitution of Iraq.
Meeting Iraq’s contin- ued international UN obligations, five percent of the sales revenue will be set aside in a separate account for reparations.
The KRG has invited independent bodies to observe the sales and export process in line with the KRG’s commitment to transparency. KRG also hopes that officials from SOMO (the federal Iraqi oil marketing organization) accept KRG’s invitation to observe the process. The KRG will continue to exert its rights of export and sell oil independently of SOMO but remains committed to negotiations in good faith with its counterparts in Baghdad to reach a comprehensive settlement on oil issues within the framework of the Iraq’s Constitution. The KRG has worked tirelessly with its international partners and investors to create new pathways to prosperity and economic development for the people of Kurdistan and Iraq and is ready to become a reliable and stable source of energy both for its immediate neighbors and international markets as well.