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Kurdistan and Kirkuk production plummets as pipeline stays offline

Security concerns in southeast Turkey are apparently preventing a restart to the Iraq-Turkey pipeline, forcing Kurdistan's oil operators to halt production and worsening the KRG’s fiscal crisis.
The original start of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline in Kirkuk. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - Oil fields in the autonomous Kurdistan region have shut in the vast majority of production due to an export pipeline outage that has not been fully explained and has now lasted a full week.

“All we can say is that we understand the interruption is due to security issues, which the Turkish authorities are dealing with to enable export resumption,” said a senior Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official, who implied the outage could be the fault of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group that has been conducting a violent campaign against Turkey’s government in the name of Kurdish rights since 1984.

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