"The existing pipelines are old and can deliver only 175,000 barrels of oil daily. Thus, the construction of a new pipeline between the Kirkuk and Kurdish region began and is expected to be complete 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, both due to low production and technical hurdles.
The Kurdish regional government and the central government in Iraq have previously had disputes over energy resources in northern Iraq. On Nov. 14, the Iraqi Oil Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, 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 sabotages by extremist group ISIL.
In other news, British oil and gas producer Afren Plc said it was considering options for its operations in Barda Rash in Iraqi Kurdistan, citing poor drilling results.
An updated report on the oilfield is expected to show a significant reduction in reserves and resources, the company said in a statement.