Oil Ministry strengthens KAR ties

Crude flows are increasing from the federal North Oil Company in Kirkuk to KAR Group's refineries in Kurdistan, despite political obstacles arising from Baghdad-Erbil disputes.
Oil Ministry strengthens KAR ties
Workers clean a cooling system at the Kalak refinery, which is operated by the KAR Group. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)

KIRKUK - Iraq is set to nearly double the allocation of Kirkuk crude to refineries run by KAR Group in Erbil, a sign of deepening cooperation between the Oil Ministry and the Iraqi Kurdish firm, despite opposition from Baghdad lawmakers.

The increased allocation is in line with a deal that began a year ago and expanded to other Kurdistan refineries last June.

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