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Production restarts at Sarqala

Days after the field was shut down because of disputes between politically connected trucking companies, the Kurdistan region has regained 30,000 bpd of production.
Workers at the Sarqala oil field, May 2017. (Photo credit: WesternZagros)

ERBIL/KALAR - The Sarqala oil field has restarted after a dispute within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party led to the temporary shutdown of its 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production.

"It has been two days since we have resumed trucking oil from Garmiyan oil block to Khurmala, following a meeting with the deputy minister [of the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources], Ahmed Mufti,” said an official from Keep Of Oil, the subcontractor responsible for trucking oil from Sarqala to the Kurdistan region’s export pipeline.

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