Iraq’s Kurds Resume Pumping Oil by Pipeline to Turkish Port

31 Oct 2017   Iraq, Turkey

Kurd region exported 264,000 barrels a day before brief halt Latest stoppage came after Iraq retook Kirkuk area from Kurds Oil exports resumed from Iraq’s Kurdish region after halting earlier Monday, a port agent said, highlighting uncertainty about pipeline shipments from OPEC’s second-biggest producer. Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurds began pumping oil again to Ceyhan, Turkey, at about 1:25 p.m. local time after Kurdish crude stopped arriving at the Mediterranean port at 4 a.m. the port agent said by email. The amount of oil flowing wasn’t immediately available, the agent said. The halt came days after Iraqi troops captured oil fields from Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk province. Shipments by pipeline averaged 264,000 barrels a day before the stoppage, less than half their normal daily level of 600,000 barrels. Exports from Kirkuk, which had been flowing through the same pipeline network to Ceyhan, remained halted as of Monday, the […]

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