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Kurdistan’s energy sector 2021: year in review

Crude output fell as payment and regulatory uncertainty put investors on edge, but new activity could lead to production increases in 2022.
Pumps at a well at the Tawke oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan operated by Norway's DNO. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

It was a mixed bag for the Iraqi Kurdistan Region's energy industry in 2021 as irregular payments and regulatory uncertainty raised red flags for investors, and oil production stagnated.

The year was not without its bright spots: the gas sector is set to grow significantly thanks to a U.S. loan for the Khor Mor gas field, and oil field development activity that companies started in 2021 could yield increasing output in the new year.

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