Kurdistan begins independent crude exports

The KRG has begun sending crude to Turkey in exchange for refined products, as the oil conflict with Baghdad heats up.
Trucks at the weighing station before loading crude at Gulf Keystone's Shaikan extended well test production facility in Iraq's Kurdistan region. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has begun exporting crude oil to Turkey, receiving limited diesel and kerosene to feed power plants in a significant barter exchange, breaching Baghdad's claim to export sovereignty.

The independent fuel trade violates the central government's claims of sole authority over crude exports, and represents an escalation in the ongoing conflict between Kurdistan and Baghdad over how to balance the powers of the state.

This content is for registered users. Please login to continue.
If you are not a registered user, you may purchase a subscription or sign up for a free trial.