Iraq stops exports via Kurdistan to put pressure on regional government

20 March 2016

Oil Minister pushes for new revenue-sharing agreement

Iraq’s central government has stopped oil exports via the Kurdistan region from fields controlled by the North Oil Company (NOC) in an attempt to push for a new revenue-sharing agreement, according to a report by Iraq Oil Report that cited Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

NOC normally exports 150,000 barrels a day through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which passes through the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Speaking at a conference at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said, “We can’t give over this oil without getting anything in return.”

After the collapse of an oil deal between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over 2015 the KRG has been exporting oil from the NOC fields in the Kirkuk area independently.

Exports from the NOC fields were halted on 11 March.

The latest interruption to oil exports from Kirkuk fields comes on the back of another major disruption to exports from the Kurdistan region.

Exports via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline stopped for more than three weeks between 17 February and 11 March.

Turkey blamed the three-week disruption on an attack on the pipeline that occurred on 16 February, near the city of Ufra.

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