KURDS INVITES OIL
A senior official of the Kurdistan region of Iraq has said the authorities will auction off 1.5m barrels of crude oil held at a storage point in Turkey on Friday in defiance of threats from Baghdad.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has clashed with Baghdad after being instructed to accept severe budget cuts. It has shipped its oil production to Turkey despite a ban on exports imposed by Baghdad, which claims its oil ministry must approve all sales and exports.
Iraq is holding its third post-invasion election and Kurdish officials have said they would move quickly to shore up the region's fiscal position in light of the short fall.
"Oil sales will start on Friday," said Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, high representative of the KRG to the UK. "We have 1.5m barrels of oil in Turkey that we will put on the market and sell. Baghdad is using the budget to control and punish the Kurdish region."
Kurdistan currently produces approximately 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) but analysts at Bernstein believe its output can rise to 2m bpd by 2020, and reach total exports of 1m bpd.
|September, 22, 09:20:00|
|September, 22, 09:15:00|
|September, 22, 09:10:00|
|September, 22, 09:05:00|
|September, 22, 09:00:00|
|September, 22, 08:55:00|
Instead, with the planned referendum just days away, Russian state oil giant Rosneft announced its latest investment last week, to help Iraqi Kurdistan develop its natural gas industry, for domestic supplies and eventual export.
Iran exported over 5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas during the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-August 22), Dispatching director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) announced.
Gazprom Neft has shipped its second and largest cargo of Iraqi crude to the US since the Badra field, its flagship overseas oil project, came on stream in 2014, the Russian oil company said Tuesday.
Qatargas has agreed to sell 1.5 million tpy of LNG to Turkey’s BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ) over a period of three years