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Kurdish Oil Finding More Buyers as Tanker Offloads in Croatia

By Rudaw 17/8/2014
File photo of the United Kalavrvta tanker which is stuck in limbo in the US with a cargo of Kurdish crude. Photo: fleetmon.com
File photo of the United Kalavrvta tanker which is stuck in limbo in the US with a cargo of Kurdish crude. Photo: fleetmon.com

LONDON – A tanker carrying oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is preparing to offload at Croatia’s Adriatic sea port of Omisalj, Reuters reported Sunday, noting this was the fourth major sale of Kurdish oil and indicated Erbil was finding  more buyers.

“A tanker with 80,000 cubic meters of crude oil has arrived at the Omisalj terminal and it should be unloaded on Sunday," Reuters quoted the Jutarnji List newspaper reporting, citing a source from the state-owned oil transport operator Janaf.

“Four days ago we had an announcement about a delivery of crude oil from (Iraqi) Kurdistan. It was bought by Hungary's (oil firm) MOL and the oil is for their refinery. All the documentation is in order, so I see nothing contentious in this shipment," the source was quoted as saying.

"It is indeed crude oil for MOL's refining business," the government source said on Sunday.

Reuters reported on Friday that Iraqi Kurdistan had delivered its third major cargo of crude oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan and that a fourth was sailing to Croatia, showing the autonomous region is finding more buyers, who for the large part have so far remained anonymous.

Earlier shipments of Kurdish crude ran foul of the long running objections by Baghdad to independent Kurdish oil sales. The United States also has banned direct oil sales by the Kurds,

Two tankers, the Minerva Joy and United Kalavrvta, are reportedly stuck in limbo off US coastal waters, as they await a US decision about their Kurdish cargo.

Hungary’s MOL, which partly owns Croatia's two refineries, has invested in oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan, Reuters said. 

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John | 17/8/2014
Kurds are element of stability in the world. I don't understand why anyone would object to them for selling their own resources.
karouzh | 17/8/2014
Please donate as much as you can for the refugees and share on Facebook. http://www.gofundme.com/d3c18w
FAUthman | 17/8/2014
Despite the obstacles four out of the six 1 mil b. cargoes of Kurdish oil have been sold, a seventh is on its way and more tankers are coming. This is not a bad record. Only United Leadership is still waiting off Morrocco coast and United Kalvavtra off Houston are waiting for final buyers. The smaller tankers 350k b the Kurds have no trouble selling those cargoes though the oil is trucked. Furthermore there is optimisim in the air that a resolution of the oil dispute with Baghdad (more policy than legal)is in the works now that Maliki is gone.
Michael Petersen | 17/8/2014
Kurdish independence coming early next year!
Agiri ArarHat Kurdmanc | 17/8/2014
also another question why Kurds cannot sell their own oil which has been stolen years century by arabs and others?even today isis devils selling atleast 3million dolars oil per day dont you know it?little Kuwait and others rich because of oil but almost 20 country arab states has richness of luxery,but my Kurds will die because of hunger and genocides?no no this time.this zionist isis will die and who support this isis devils.this time this zionist game will not work on islam lands because Kurds also Muslim and we muslims will defeat this devils fake islamist but really zionist or homo Simon Eliott(ebu bakr al baghdadi)spy.time for peace in Middle east and world.long live independent Kurdistan of Saladin and long live Palestin.
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