September oil production steady

With the northern pipeline still offline, Iraq is compensating with robust southern exports and expanding sales into Kurdistan's local market.
A drilling rig at the Rumaila oil field in October 2023. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq’s nationwide crude oil production maintained some upward momentum in September, inching up to 4.73 million barrels per day (bpd) from 4.71 million bpd in August, according to an Iraq Oil Report calculation based on field-by-field data. *

Fields controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) raised their combined output by about 50,000 bpd as producers found more buyers in the domestic market. Those gains were partially offset by falling production from fields under federal control, which dipped to 4.48 million bpd in September from 4.51 million bpd in August, mainly because of a slight decline in output from federally controlled fields in Kirkuk.

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