Kurdish Administration of Iraq Intends to Export Crude Oil Independently
Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 November / Trend / The Kurdish Administration in the north of Iraq said that it will export crude oil at the beginning of 2009, the Turkish information agency Cihan reported.
It is expected that oil export will reach 100,000 barrels at the first stage and 250,000 barrels - by the end of 2009.
Export will be coordinated with the Oil Ministry of the Iraqi Central Government, Ashti Khavrami, the Minister of Natural Resources of the Kurdish Administration said.
Oil will be exported from oil territories of Tavki in Dohuk and Tak-tak in the south of Erbil. Crude oil will be sent to the Turkish Ceyhan Port via pipeline, Khavrami said.
An official of the Iraqi Oil Ministry said that he does not have any information concerning export of crude oil by the Kurdish Administration. Bagdad states that demand of the Kurdish Administration on independent exploitation of field contradicts the Constitution of the country.
"The Iraqi government wants fully to supervise over production of the Kirkuk oil and to determine amount of incomes, given to Kurds. The Regional Kurdish Administration seeks to prevent it," Fikret Ertan, a Turkish expert, told Trend via telephone earlier.
Experts of the International crisis group fear that a serious conflict may arouse between Kurds and Arabians in Iraq soon. The field in Kirkuk city may be a reason for the conflict.
The hugest Iraqi Kirkuk field was put into exploitation in 1934. Oil deposits are located in 300-1,400m depth. Tightness of the produced oil makes up 0.84 - 0.86 g/sm3 and crude base content - 2%. Geological reserves of crude base amount to 2.2bln tons. The Kirkuk oil is exported via pipeline to the Turkish Ceyhan Port with permanent intervals.