Iraq asks Kurds to link new oil pipeline to its network

|By:, SA News Editor

Iraq's central government is asking the autonomous Kurdish region to connect its new 300K bbl/day oil pipeline to the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline to Turkey in a way that allows for the measurement of crude flows, Iraq's deputy prime minister for energy affairs says.

Iraqi output is set to rise sharply in coming months with help from new oil fields in the south; the biggest contributor will be the Majnoon field, where Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) last week began testing production and output is expected to rise to almost 200K bbl/day before year-end.

ExxonMobil (XOM), which angered Iraq by signing production-sharing contracts with Kurdistan, is now looking to sell its stake in the West Qurna-1 oil field in southern Iraq, the official says, declining to identify potential buyers.