Iraq to Reopen Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline to Turkey

Iraq to Reopen Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline to Turkey

In a move that could weaken the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Iraqi Oil Ministry said that it would reopen the federal Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline to Turkey, Financial Times reports.

The Oil Minister, Jabar El Luaibi, has tasked the North Oil Company, the State Company for Oil Projects, and the government-operated pipeline company to commence operations to restore the pipeline, according to Reuters.

The pipeline was closed in 2014 when the Islamic State conquered much of northern Iraq, according to AP.

The timeline for reopening the pipeline has yet to be announced and some analysts, according to the Financial Times, noted that repairs could be slow due to the damage the pipeline has incurred from attacks and enforced idleness.

The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, while a federal pipeline, passes through territory controlled by the KRG, according to the Financial Times.

The KRG currently exports approximately 550,000 barrels of crude to Turkey per day, the Financial Times reports.


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