Bagh­dad tries to in­crease oil ex­ports from Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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