Turkey gives official notice that pipeline can resume

Political obstacles within Iraq are still preventing crude exports from restarting after a formal letter from BOTAS to SOMO confirmed the pipeline is ready.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani addresses an energy conference in Moscow on Oct. 12, 2023. (Photo credit: Iraqi Oil Ministry)

ISTANBUL - Turkey has officially informed Iraq that the northern export pipeline is ready to operate, shifting the onus onto Iraq to restore 475,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude to global markets.

In a letter dated Oct. 2 to Iraq’s state oil marketing company, SOMO, which was seen by Iraq Oil Report, Turkey's state pipeline company BOTAS writes, "We would like to inform you that the part of the ITP [Iraq-Turkey Pipeline] system in Turkish territory will be ready for the transportation, storage and loading of crude oil coming from Iraq on 04.10.2023."

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