Kurdistan says oil production remains unchanged despite militant advance

|By:, SA News Editor

The Kurdish Ministry of Natural Resources says that oil production in Iraqi Kurdistan remains unaffected despite the advance of Islamic State militants.

"The enemy has not been able to target oil operations. Oil production in the region remains unaffected and is being delivered to both the domestic and export markets," says the ministry. "The Kurdistan Regional Government is expecting that the producing companies will ramp up production in the coming weeks as ongoing export infrastructure improvements come online as planned."

However, many companies have started to evacuate staff and suspend operations at some fields in the region, including Chevron, Afren Oryx Petroleum and Genel Energy.

Kurdistan describes the firms' moves as "precautionary measures," and warned companies not to take any steps without close coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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