Iraq to sell Kirkuk oil to Iran

    Iraqi soldiers near oil  plant in Kirkuk [Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images]
    Iraqi soldiers near oil plant in Kirkuk [Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images]

    Iraq and Iran agreed in principle to export Kirkuk oil to Iran, according to the Iraqi oil ministry.

    Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said on Friday in a statement that 30,000-60,000 barrels of oil a day would be exported to Iran's Kermanshah province.

    The deal was signed in Baghdad between Iraq's State Organization for Marketing of Oil (SOMO) and Iran, al-Luaibi said.

    The amount of oil exported would be increased after pipelines were installed, he added.

    Al-Luaibi said the oil would be trucked over Iraq's border to Kermanshah.

    "The [Iraqi] government aims to carry out oil and strategic projects with Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Syria," al-Luaibi said, adding that the deal with Iran would be signed after technical and administrative aspects were settled.

    Last month, Iraqi forces seized control of the oil fields in Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, which took control of the disputed province in 2014.

    The move came amid tension between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) over the controversial referendum on September 25 for Kurdish independence.

    Iraq is the second largest crude oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after Saudi Arabia, and holds the world's fifth-largest proven crude oil reserves after Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Iran, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

    SOURCE: Anadolu news agency


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