Crude exports from Iraqi Kurdistan in December averaged at 584,056 barrels a day (b/d), according to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

This is down from an average of 600,769 b/d in November.

In a statement released on 10 January 2016 the MNR said that over December there were “three days of downtime for the export pipeline, caused mainly by attempts at sabotage and theft.”

It did not give any further details about attacks on the pipeline.

 Crude exports from iraqi kurdistan

Crude exports from iraqi kurdistan

Fields operated by the KRG contributed an average of 435,630 b/d while fields operated by the North Oil Company (NOC) contributed an average of 148,426 b/d.

Speaking in November last year the KRG Minister for Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami said the region’s plans to ramp up production were a year behind schedule due to a dispute over budget payments with Baghdad and the ongoing fight with the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).

An oil sharing deal that was signed by Baghdad and Erbil in December 2014 but collapsed over the course of 2015 with both parties accusing the other of failing to keep to the agreement.

Iraqi Kurdistan is currently expecting to see production in excess of one b/d by the end of 2016.