Oil from Kurdistan pipeline enters Turkey

In a final stage of testing before exports can begin, Kurdistan has begun sending crude through its new pipeline and into Turkish territory, despite unresolved conflicts with Baghdad.
The final welded section of the KRG's Khurmala - Feyshkabour pipeline lies by trenching immediately south of oil storage tanks at DNO International's pumping station, 3km from the Turkey border, in November 2013. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Oil has begun to flow into Turkey through a new pipeline from Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region – a significant step toward Kurdistan's first independent pipeline exports.

The oil flow is part of the final stage of pipeline testing, according to an industry official and a senior Turkish official. Contrary to other media reports, the crude is not yet being marketed or sold: technically, pipeline exports have not yet begun.

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