New LPG exports highlight Basra gas progress

Increased gas processing capacity has generated surplus fuel, opening the door for exports and badly needed revenue streams.
Iraq loads its first shipment of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) onto this tanker seen at the Umm Qasr port on July 2, 2016. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Iraq has reached a benchmark in the country's efforts to reduce the wasteful practice of gas flaring and fully exploit valuable hydrocarbon assets by exporting its first cargo of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

"Iraq has been trying to export LPG since 1989, but it was never able to," said Hussar Hussein, the director of the state-run South Gas Company (SGC). "Now, after more than 27 years, Iraq returns to the ranks of the advanced countries that export gas."

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