Baghdad tries to increase oil exports from Kurdistan
A new oil pipeline is being constructed from Kirkuk to Erbil to increase oil exports by the Iraqi Central Government.
The Central Government began constructing a new oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Erbil to increase oil exports from the region, an official from the Kurdish Regional Government said on Sunday.
"The existing pipelines are old and can deliver only 175,000 barrels of oil daily. Thus, the construction of a new pipeline between Kirkuk and Kurdish Region began and is expected to be completed in June," Kirkuk city Council’s Secretary for Oil and Gas, Fuad Hussein told The Anadolu Agency.
He said that the new pipeline will be able to deliver 300,000 barrels of oil per day when completed.
The current amount of oil exports from Kirkuk to Erbil is 150,000 barrels due to low production and technical hurdles.
The Kurdish Regional Government and Baghdad have previously had disputes over energy resources in northern Iraq. But on Nov. 14, the Iraqi Oil Minister, Adil AbdulMahdi, announced that the two sides had reached an agreement.
In accordance with the agreement, Kirkuk is expected to export 300,000 barrels of oil daily. To be able to achieve this amount, the oil production needs to be increased. The oil production in the region has been low since March 2014 due to sabotage by the extremist group of ISIL.