Kurdistan pipeline exports imminent despite Baghdad outcry

With oil filling the KRG's pipeline to the Turkish border, Erbil and Ankara have outlined a mechanism under which exports could start without Baghdad's approval.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (L) and Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani attend the opening of the CWC Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas conference in Erbil on Dec. 2, 2013. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)
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Published Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ERBIL - As Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region continues to pump oil into its new export pipeline to Turkey, leaders in Erbil and Ankara have outlined a revenue-handling mechanism that appears to allow their burgeoning energy cooperation to move forward without Baghdad's approval.

The impending exports and sales threaten to undermine Baghdad's top oil policymakers, who have long argued that all exports must be conducted under central government authority – a position they have reiterated forcefully since Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz visited Baghdad on Sunday night to discuss his government's controversial energy alliance with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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