Kurdistan’s fourth-quarter exports plummeted after Baghdad’s takeover of Kirkuk-area fields, but independent oil sales have risen modestly due to recent production increases. Oil tanks at Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, which is run by state-owned Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS). (UMIT BEKTAS/Reuters) Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region averaged slightly more than 304,000 barrels per day (bpd) of independent oil exports from Turkey’s Ceyhan port in December, an eight percent increase over November. Slight production upticks in a handful of fields accounted for the rising exports. This content is for registered users. Please login to continue. If you are not a registered user, you may purchase a subscription or sign up for a free trial .