Ankara and Baghdad are working toward building a new oil pipeline with the capacity to transport one million barrels per day from Iraq’s Kirkuk fields to the Turkish border.
“The Iraqi government is now examining tenders for the new oil pipeline between Iraqi and Turkey, after having finished with the engineering and technical studies,” Iraqi Ministry of Oil spokesperson Assem Jihad told Al-Monitor recently. He added that construction will probably get underway in 2020.
“Iraqi crude oil exports reached 111.7 million barrels [in August], 3.6 million of which were transferred” via the existing but damaged line from Kirkuk to Turkey’s Ceyhan port on the Mediterranean Sea, he said. “The Ministry of Oil is trying to increase oil exported through Mediterranean ports.”