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Iraq set to announce tender for new Kirkuk pipeline

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In October, Iraq's central government retook control of the Kirkuk field from the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.

"We have already issued a tender to build a new pipeline with a 40 in. diameter and two pumping stations," Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told reporters in Vienna.

Kurdistan has built another pipeline for Kirkuk exports to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan after the old Kirkuk pipeline belonging to the federal government had been damaged by Islamic State militants.

Kirkuk's production stopped in mid October after Iraqi forces moved Kurdish fighters from Kirkuk and took over the northern region's oilfield. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told reporters in Vienna that the new pipeline would be able to ship 300 000 bpd. He said current production from Kirkuk of around 80 000 bpd was being shipped by truck to local power stations and refineries.

Iraq’s central government plans to replace the Iraqi section of the oil pipeline stretching from the Kirkuk province in northern Iraq to Turkey’s port of Ceyhan in the southern Adana province.

Construction of the new pipeline is planned from the city of Baiji in the Saladin province, near Kirkuk to the Fish-Khabur border crossing with Turkey, from which the pipeline section in Iraq’s territories will be 350 km long.

The new pipeline section, with an export capacity of 1 million bpd, will replace an old pipeline that suffered severe damage in terror attacks after Isis took control of Mosul in June 2014.


There are five oilfields in Kirkuk, among which Havana and Bai Hassan have a total export capacity of 300 000 bpd, according to the Iraqi Oil Ministry, both of which came under the control of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) for three years.

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