KRG-Iran pipeline talks gain momentum

The two sides are developing detailed technical plans for an oil export pipeline, though political approvals are still pending.
Hundreds of tankers wait to cross into Iran in one of several lots near the Parwezkhan border crossing in Diyala province, Nov 6, 2013. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is conducting detailed technical planning with Iran that could lead to the construction of the autonomous region's second oil export pipeline.

"It's serious. Very serious. We've had several meetings in the past, and will continue to have meetings," said Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Taha Zangana, who has led the KRG's technical delegation. "The technical part of pre-engineering is almost – almost – in place."

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