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Iran, Iraq talk 'joint delivery' of Kirkuk oil

By Rudaw 31/7/2017
Baba Gurgur oilfield in Kirkuk. Photo: AP
Baba Gurgur oilfield in Kirkuk. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran and Iraq have strengthened their energy-sector ties, including the possible construction of a pipeline to export Kirkuk’s crude oil to refineries in Iran. 

Kirkuk’s oil was among the issues discussed when Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar Ali Hussein al-Luiebi met with his Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh on Sunday. 

“We discussed cooperation in joint delivery of Kirkuk crude oil to Iranian refineries,” Luiebi said after the meeting, according to Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum. 

He described ties between Baghdad and Tehran as very strong. 

Zanganeh said that they agreed to have an international company carry out a feasibility study of the pipeline, Reuters reported. 

The two had signed a memorandum of understanding on the exportation of Kirkuk oil to Iran in February. 

Currently, Kirkuk’s oil is exported through the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port. Under an agreement between Erbil and Baghdad made last year, half of the revenues of sales of Kirkuk’s oil go to the Kurdistan Region.

Oil-rich Kirkuk is claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil. Two of its oil fields are under the control of the KRG and three are run by Iraq’s North Oil Company (NOC). Peshmerga of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) took control over NOC offices in Kirkuk in February.

Kirkuk will take part in the referendum this fall, deciding whether they want to remain with Iraq or join Kurdistan’s bid for independence. 

The two ministers also discussed cooperation over oil production from two joint fields with the expectation of signing an agreement by next year, according to Iran’s oil ministry. 


sinbad | 31/7/2017
soon the world will have moved from oil to electric cars and roads. Let's see how progressive middle east will be. I have not seen anything besides misery, discrimination, wars .. What a messed up the place. so sorry to see this. I feel so sorry for all the people. Engineers invent the first bio-compatible, ion current battery Upstate buses rolling away from diesel via @independentmail Policies by France, Volvo could shake up market for gasoline, diesel vehicles, researcher says
Kurdo | 31/7/2017
@sinbad, yes sir. Finally a clever one! Have you seen some future movies? They almost never include the middleeast. Because it will vanish in the dark, add shia and sunni conflict that will rip this area apart. And also Israel has the only machine in the world that make sea water to drinking water. They will all give their shitty oil for some water. But hey, Allah wanted this, cuz he predicts their future. lol
AshurayaPlasha | 4/8/2017
@Sinbad, and how is electrcity produced? Through OIl LOL. There is no energy that can replace oil, not now, and not in the future.

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