IRAQ OIL EXPORTS: 4 MBD
PLATTS - OPEC's second-largest producer, Iraq, boosted its southern crude oil exports to a new record high of 3.583 million b/d in August, according to the latest oil ministry data.
Southern exports inch up to 3.583 million b/d KRG flows surge on stock draw, rising output Iraq exports totaled 4.028 million b/d.
This is up 40,000 b/d from July, the data showed Saturday, as the producer group follows through on its agreement to release more barrels into the market.
Iraqi exports have been rising since OPEC and key non-OPEC allies agreed in June to abandon their production quotas, averaging 3.549 million b/d over the last three months. This is up 109,000 b/d from the first five months of 2018, the data showed.
The rise in exports from Iraq's southern terminals came despite the ongoing continuing suspension of loadings from the Khor al-Amaya terminal since the beginning of the year. The terminal was closed due to leaks at its pipelines and ongoing maintenance. However, shipments were helped by mostly prevailing clear weather in the northern Persian Gulf.
Some 2.727 million b/d of Basrah Light were shipped from the terminals, along with 856,000 b/d of Basrah Heavy crude, according to sources close to State Oil Marketing Organization.
Seven tankers were berthed and another four were awaiting their turn, terminal status reports showed. These will load approximately 7 million barrels -- 1 million barrels of Basrah Light, and 6 million barrels of Basrah Heavy -- which will be added to the September loading program.
SURGING OIL EXPORTS FROM CEYHAN
Southern exports, controlled by the federal oil ministry, combined with exports from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan to give a total of approximately 4.028 million b/d for Iraq.
The KRG does not provide monthly export data, but sources in the region said the KRG loaded 445,000 b/d from Ceyhan. This is a sharp jump of 40% from around 320,000 b/d shipped in July.
From the August shipments, some 370,000 b/d was pumped via the KRG's independent pipeline through Turkey, and the rest drawn from storage at Ceyhan. The exports were also boosted by higher output at the key Taq Taq and smaller Atrush fields.
All of the federal exports were from Iraq's southern Persian Gulf oil terminals, with no shipments from Ceyhan due to a political dispute with the semi-autonomous KRG.
The federal government in Baghdad is unable to export its crude from the north of the country due to a dispute with the KRG. A political deal between the two rival governments to allow federal exports through the KRG pipeline to Ceyhan could unlock nearly 200,000 b/d of additional output.
2018, August, 10, 10:20:00
IRAQI OIL PRODUCTION: 4.46 MBD
PLATTS - Iraqi crude oil production hit its highest in 13 months in July of 4.46 million b/d, the country's State Oil Marketing Organization said Thursday.
2018, August, 3, 09:50:00
IRAQ'S OIL EXPORTS 3.5 MBD
PLATTS - Iraqi southern crude oil exports in July surged to a record high of 3.543 million b/d, data from the oil ministry showed Wednesday, despite OPEC's second largest oil producer facing major protests near its key oil assets.
2018, May, 14, 10:50:00
LUKOIL FOR IRAQ: 800 TBD
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2018, May, 8, 10:40:00
BP - IRAQ AGREEMENT
REUTERS - Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company signed an agreement with BP on Monday to triple output from the Kirkuk fields in the north of the country, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said.
2018, April, 4, 09:15:00
IRAQ'S OIL PRODUCTION: 6.5 MBD
PLATTS - Iraq has adjusted its crude oil production capacity target and is now aiming to achieve 6.5 million b/d by 2022, oil minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said Monday.
2018, April, 2, 09:30:00
IRAQ'S OIL EXPORTS: 3.45 MBD
REUTERS - Iraq exported 3.453 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from its southern ports in March, slightly above the February average, the oil ministry said on Sunday.
2018, March, 5, 11:30:00
RESPONSIBILITY TO THE MARKET
REUTERS -“We all should look with responsibility to the market in order to keep the balance in the market as much as we can so as not to harm investors,” said Ali Nazar, Iraq’s national representative to OPEC.