Pipeline 'repairs' delay northern Iraq oil export

Iraq's regional Kurdish administration has been embroiled in a long-running row with the central government over shares of oil revenues.

Pipeline 'repairs' delay northern Iraq oil export

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraq's Kurdish government has said it had postponed from April 1 sending oil through a major pipeline to a terminal on Turkey's Mediterranean coast due to "ongoing repairs" to the conduit.

The Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq's north has been embroiled in a long-running row with the central government in Iraq over shares of oil revenues.

Baghdad opposes the export of Kurdish oil stored at Turkey's southern port of Ceyhan, claiming it bypasses an agreement with SOMO -- Iraq's state-run oil company -- and violates Iraq’s constitution.

However, on March 20, the KRG prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani, announced that they will accept the export of 100,000 barrels of oil per day through SOMO from April 1 as a "gesture of goodwill" while negotiations for a permanent deal with Baghdad continue.

The statement further said that the Kurdish government has been advised by the Federal Ministry of Oil in Baghdad and the North Oil Company in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk not to start exporting as they are not yet ready to receive any oil.

"Since the announcement, the KRG has been working in close cooperation with senior officials in Baghdad and Kirkuk to start the oil export process," said the statement, adding that the KRG shall begin to export as soon as the "repairs" to the pipeline are finished. 

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