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No easy solution for stranded Kirkuk crude

The Oil Ministry is considering a pipeline to link Kirkuk oil fields with domestic refineries, and issuing a tender for rebuilding the export pipeline to Turkey.
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi (second from left) visits the North Oil Company in Kirkuk on Nov. 13, 2017. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

VIENNA - Iraq is exploring yet another option for capitalizing on Kirkuk oil fields that have remained offline since Oct. 16, when federal military forces reclaimed them from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi said Wednesday that the ministry is pursuing a project to rehabilitate and extend a 300,000 barrel per day (bpd) pipeline southward from Kirkuk to feed refineries in Baiji and Baghdad.

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