KRG field flows to export pipeline

Iraq has taken its first steps towards exporting 100k bpd of oil from the Kurdistan region, though major issues are still unsettled.
An employee works at the Tawke oil field on May 31, 2009 in Dohuk province. (MUHANNAD FALA’AH/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Tawke oil field, located in the Kurdish region's Dohuk province, began producing for the export pipeline into Turkey, marking the restart of official exports from the region after a tentative agreement between federal officials in Baghdad and Kurdish leaders in Erbil.

The field, operated by Norway's DNO, began producing at a rate of 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) Wednesday and is to ramp up to 50,000 bpd "over the next few days," said an official at the North Oil Company, an Iraqi state-run operator. "Gradually, it depends on the quality of the oil."

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