Baghdad is scrambling to re-establish federal control over oil and gas exports, after Iraq’s Kurdish region announced a deal to export natural gas to Europe, the same week America officially ends combat operations in Iraq.
In a statement with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the German utilities company RWE announced it would help develop northern Iraqi natural gas for export via the Nabucco pipeline to Europe. Taken by surprise, Iraq’s Oil Ministry quickly released its own statement condemning the deal.
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