State-owned China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC) and Iraq’s State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) have been jointly awarded a $317m deal to build a crude oil export pipeline in the southeast of Iraq.

The 42-inch, 272-kilometre long pipeline will connect the Halfaya and Missan oil fields with export and storage facilities in the south of the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The pipeline will connect the Halfaya oil field, which is being developed by Chinese state-owned energy firm, Petrochina, and the Missan oil fields, which is being developed by China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC).

Work is split between the two companies, with CPPEC taking on the majority of construction and SCOP building only 60km of the pipelines length.