Iraq Asks Kurds to Link New Oil Pipeline to its Network


DUBAI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Iraq's central government has asked the autonomous Kurdish region to connect its new oil pipeline with one from Kirkuk to Ceyhan in Turkey in a way  that allows Baghdad to measure crude flows, Iraq's deputy prime minister for energy affairs said on Tuesday.

Kurdistan is expected to complete the new 300,000 barrel per day (bpd) oil pipeline to Turkey in the next few weeks, increasing the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) control over its resources in a dispute with Baghdad.

"We have asked the KRG to connect it to the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline before the pumping station so that we can meter exactly how much crude has been pumped," Hussain al-Shahristani said, adding that Baghdad had not received any response.

Oil is at the heart of a dispute between the Arab-led central government and the ethnic Kurdish-run northern enclave over control of oilfields, territory and crude revenues.

Sales of Kurdish oil via the federal pipeline system have been blocked in the dispute between the two governments, and the two sides are not currently in talks to resolve the row over payments to oil companies working in the region.

"No, there has been no discussion with the companies or with the KRG (on oil payments)," Shahristani said on the sidelines of the Gulf Intelligence Energy Markets Forum in Dubai.

The KRG rejection of Baghdad's claimed authority over the exploration and export of the country's oil resources last week inspired the provincial council of Nineveh to give its governor the power to sign deals with foreign oil firms.


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SRA | Sep. 26, 2013
The development in the KRG region progressing at a faster pace than the rest of Iraq. Hence one can understand the KRG decision makers opting out for independent export pipeline, when. faced with the frustratingly slow and bureaucratic progress of Arabic Iraq. With due respect; one cannot but describe the attitude of the Iraq Ministry of Oil anything other than despiteful and mean. Why object to the progress of the only part of Iraq where an Iraqi family can go out to the funfair and restaurants without fear? or worse the risk of being blown up? Such development require funding, and this funding is coming from the sale of oil. The formula is simple; Rapid development require fast track decision making to deliver quick return on investment. It certainly cannot wait for the Political wrangling quagmire of Baghdad. If the Ministry of Oil wish to integrate the oil industry in Iraq they need to do it by showing it as an Economically attractive proposition and certainly not by threat and bullying! At the end of the day one must recognize the crystal clear fact; Dr. Ashti Hawrami (KRG Minister of Natural Resources) has successfully delivered the good and showed that he is very competent at doing it too!

Taha Hussein | Sep. 25, 2013
That is good but is very defical

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