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Iraq, Kurdistan To Discuss 50% Increase In Oil Production

Iraq, Kurdistan To Discuss 50% Increase In Oil Production thumbnail Kirkuk oil field

The central Iraqi government will meet with its Kurdish counterparts soon to talk about oil exports from the now semi-autonomous region that tried to gain independence last year.

Reuters reported, citing Iraq’s oil minister, Thamer Ghadhban, that the two sides will also discuss the increase of oil production from the fields around the northern city of Kirkuk by as much as 50 percent.

The fields around Kirkuk, as well as the city itself, were until the fall of 2017 under the control of the Kurdish government, although the area was not officially part of the Kurdistan region. However, after the ill-fated independence referendum, which led to a strong reaction from Baghdad, the central Iraqi authorities regained control of the oil fields that account for a sizeable portion of Iraq’s oil total.

Around 300,000 bpd of crude oil previously pumped and exported in the Kirkuk province to the Turkish port of Ceyhan were shut in when the Iraqi federal government moved in October 2017 to take control over the oil fields in Kirkuk from Kurdish forces after the semi-autonomous region held a referendum that Baghdad didn’t recognize.

However, the only export outlet of the Kirkuk oil is the oil pipeline of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The Iraqi federal government and the KRG had been in talks for months to try to reach an agreement on resuming Iraqi exports from Kirkuk. Iraq only resumed oil exports from the Kirkuk province a year after it had stopped the oil flows.

In separate but related news, Thamer Ghadhban said the country had enough oil production capacity to boost output to as much as 6 million bpd if need be, although right now he did not see a pressing need for more OPEC production despite the removal of U.S. sanction waivers for Iranian oil importers.

“We have plenty of time to assess the markets’ reaction,” the official said as quoted by Reuters, echoing an earlier statement by his Saudi counterpart, Khalid al-Falih.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

 



2 Comments on "Iraq, Kurdistan To Discuss 50% Increase In Oil Production"

  1. Robert Inget on Sun, 28th Apr 2019 1:44 pm 

    Here’s an article that isn’t ‘fake news’.
    (under the heading of “When our oil is played out
    we can always sell LNG)

    OPEC de facto leader and the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia has now officially joined the ranks of the world’s ever-expanding liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporters club. State-owned Saudi Aramco’s chief executive Amin Nasser said on Thursday that the company was in discussions with many partners around the world regarding potential joint ventures in gas and that it had sold its first LNG cargo, reportedly from Singapore, the LNG trading hub in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for two-thirds of global LNG demand.

    The storied oil giant has indicated several times that it’s interested in going long on gas, both exports as well as for domestic usage. Riyadh also said recently that it planned to produce 10 percent of its power from renewable sources in the next five to six years to diversify its energy mix and free up even more crude oil for export purposes. Saudi Arabia still primarily uses crude oil for electric power generation. However, if the Kingdom turns to both natural gas (the cleanest burning hydrocarbon as well as renewables, solar and wind power) it could free up more oil for export, anywhere between 300,000 barrels per day to 1 million barrels per day, depending on whose figures you use. (more at link)

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/Saudis-Look-To-Boost-Gas-Production-In-A-Big-Way.html

  2. Robert Inget on Sun, 28th Apr 2019 1:54 pm 

    There are villages in Nigeria where ‘night’ never falls. Like the photo above flaring goes on day and night. BTW, none of those villages have ANY electrical power. Talk about air quality, there isn’t any. Bottom line, if LNG brings some relief to flaring, GHG’s, so much the better.

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=nigerian+villages+air+quality+from+flaring&qpvt=Nigerian+villages+air+quality+from+Flaring&FORM=IGRE

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