September exports down by 500K bpd

Upgrades to Gulf export facilities are shutting in exports, as expected, while persistent attacks and reservoir problems have challenged northern output.
A worker maintains equipment at the Shirawa oilfield outside Kirkuk. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

DUBAI - Iraq's total exports dropped to 2.07 million barrels per day (bpd) last month, the lowest in 19 months, down from 2.579 million bpd in August.

The main reason for the decline is a massive campaign to increase the capacity of Iraq's primary oil export outlet in the Basra Gulf, which has temporarily shut in 500,000 bpd. The persistent bombing of Iraq's northern pipeline to Turkey has also reduced exports for the past several months and compounded struggles in and around the Kirkuk field.

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