The Bazian refinery, 20 kilometers outside Sulaimaniya, seen from on top of the LPG storage domes, June 19, 2014. (PATRICK OSGOOD/IRAQ OIL REPORT)

Kurdistan rushes to expand refineries

The KRG trying to become a self-sufficient producer of fuel – a goal made more urgent by intensifying security and political challenges.

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Exports reverse three-month slide

Tankers loading on Iraq's southern export terminals in the Basra Gulf, the country's only export route. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

September was the third-highest month for oil exports in 2014, as Iraq's new oil minister sets his sights on removing infrastructure bottlenecks and other obstacles to development.