[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Report: Jordan charges oil export fees Basra - Aqaba for 25 years
The head of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Nasser Al-Shareida, said that the government is waiting for the Iraqi side to conduct tenders for extending the oil pipeline from Basra to Aqaba.
Al-Shuraideh said in a press interview that the negotiations between the Jordanian and Iraqi governments have been over for some time on the pipeline, expecting that one million barrels per day of Iraqi oil will be exported through the port of Aqaba.
The Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said in a press statement earlier that his country seeks to produce seven million barrels per day through the newly established National Oil Company and export four million barrels per day in 2019, adding that Iraq hopes to export one million barrels per day , Through the port of Aqaba without specifying a date.
On April 9, 2013, the Kingdom signed an agreement with Iraq to supply a pipeline for transporting Iraqi crude oil from Basra to export ports in the port of Aqaba at a total cost of $ 18 billion.
Al-Shuraideh said that the system of ports created to enhance Aqaba's competitiveness in the field of industry and logistics, while the port system will contribute to the development of the city of Aqaba and turn it into a logistic gateway for multimodal modes of transport in the Middle East, stressing that this system will increase the capacity of Jordanian ports, The region's logistics capabilities, which drive the economic sectors, serve the Jordanian market and serve as a global destination, a tourist and investment attraction, and a business front on the Red Sea.
He pointed out that the Authority started several months ago with the transformation of all port operations to make it a computerized digital ports system, which is fully computerized in order to increase the efficiency and reduce the material costs and the time required for the procedure, thus benefiting traders and investors in this sector and their impact on citizens and the national economy.
He pointed to the transformation of power from relying on marketing in old and classic ways, which was based on participation in the external exhibitions previously, to holding and hosting specialized conferences in all sectors within Aqaba, which is marketed correctly and highlights its tourism and investment product. Conferences directly and on the ground.
The visiting delegations were impressed with the achievements made on the ground and the distinctive legislative environment in the special region and with the expertise and systems in the port, transport and logistics system.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the oil pipeline project from Basra guarantees the supply of about 150,000 barrels per day of crude oil to the Kingdom, the construction of reservoirs with a capacity of 7 million barrels and the establishment of an export port for Iraqi oil in Aqaba. The export capacity of the pipeline amounts to about one million barrels per day .
The pipeline is estimated to cost between $ 8 billion and $ 10 billion, while the pipeline is about 1,350 kilometers (350 kilometers from Basra to Najaf, 1,000 kilometers from Najaf to Aqaba), stressing that the government will not bear any cost to implement the project.
Jordan will also receive transit fees for the oil line, which is the only outlet for Iraqi oil on the Red Sea during the project period of 25 years. The project also provides employment opportunities for Jordanian companies and manpower in the construction and operation phase.
The project in Jordan will be implemented as a full investment by Mas International, to which the tender was previously referred.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]