Trucker strike risks output at Kurdistan’s Shaikan field

Tanker drivers stopped working over months of payment delays, endangering Gulf Keystone's 40,000 bpd of exports.
Oil tankers queue outside the Shaikan PF-1 oil facility, Jan. 8, 2014. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - A strike by unpaid tanker truck drivers temporarily disrupted deliveries on Wednesday from Kurdistan’s Shaikan field, which normally produces 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) as part of the region’s core export blend.

The strike didn't affect exports overall, but it is a symptom of an economic crisis that has rendered the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) unable to meet many financial obligations, including to key energy sector contractors, exposing potential vulnerability to core oil operations.

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