New pipeline streamlines KRG-Iran fuel trade

A newly built cross-border pipeline is expected to begin pumping imminently, allowing Iraqi Kurdistan to continue Iranian fuel imports while reducing truck traffic and coronavirus risks.
New pipeline streamlines KRG-Iran fuel trade
Newly laid pipelines connect the Iraqi and Iranian sides of the Parwezkhan border crossing. (Photo credit: anonymous)

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a comment from a spokesperson for the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources, who provided the following statement after this article was initially published: “The MNR is not aware of this project and has not given any official approval. If this pipeline exists, it is unauthorized and could potentially facilitate illegal activity.”

SULAIMANIYA - A newly built set of pipelines is now ready to begin pumping fuel from Iran into Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, according to five people with direct knowledge of the project -- part of an effort to maintain a vital trade while minimizing the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The four parallel pipelines are expected to begin operating Tuesday, according to an official at the Parwezkhan border crossing, and will have the capacity to fill up to 180 tanker trucks per day with gasoline, diesel, and kerosene, amounting to about 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) of fuel.

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