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NOC travels to Turkey to hamper KRG exports

Along with legal tactics, Oil Ministry looking at technical options to foil KRG plans for exclusive use of ITP.
The original start of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline in Kirkuk. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - As senior officials from Iraq’s federal and Kurdistan region governments negotiate a way out of a budget and export dispute impasse, the state-run North Oil Company (NOC) is exploring ways in Turkey to prevent autonomous Kurdish crude exports and seeking answers for alleged Turkish obstruction to the NOC's work at Ceyhan.

A delegation from the NOC, led by Director General Sameer Salman, was due to travel to Turkey on Jan. 18 to outline a complaint of alleged Turkish sovereign oil meddling, confront areas within the export infrastructure which Baghdad claims Turkey is confounding daily work, and investigating ways to thwart the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) plans to export crude outside of Baghdad's control.

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