ERBIL/KIRKUK - Oil production under federal control in Kirkuk is likely being intentionally kept from export, days after the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) reopened, in an escalation of the long-standing but ever-evolving dispute between Baghdad and Erbil over control of oil fields and revenues.
North Oil Company (NOC) officials have said a technical problem had shut-in flows into the ITP just hours after it started pumping on March 11, following a 23-day halt as the result of an alleged Turkish security operation in southeastern Turkey which exacerbated the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) fiscal crisis.
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