The Minister of Oil announces changes to the project to extend the Basra-Aqaba pipeline and sets a condition for its progress
Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Oil Minister, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, revealed on Sunday that changes have been made to the (Basra - Aqaba) oil pipeline project, stressing at the same time that the project is under study and the extent to which it meets Iraqi interests.
Abdul-Jabbar said in a statement to reporters, including Shafak News Agency correspondent, after being hosted in the House of Representatives, that "no contract was signed or a project to extend a pipeline from Basra to the Jordanian port of Aqaba was referred."
He added that "the project is a major strategic project according to specific contexts by submitting it several times to the Council of Ministers to complete the procedures and structure of financing, implementation and financial disciplines, and it was included by the Ministry of Planning and re-completion of the economic schedule prepared for the year 2020."
He pointed out that "there are currently changes in the project and therefore there is a new economic schedule, and a new consultant has been assigned to the (Wood) International Oil Services Company with this task, and the Ministry of Oil looks at it with high accuracy if it meets the requirements of the ministry, it will be proceeded, and if there are obstacles Standing in front of the project, we will be clear before the Council of Ministers and Parliament."
The Ministry of Oil had confirmed, last night, Saturday, that it had not referred the Basra-Aqaba pipeline project to implementation so far, explaining that the project had been modified through its full funding by the Iraqi government.
The issue of exporting crude oil from Basra Governorate, in the far south of Iraq, to the port of Aqaba in Jordan, sparked widespread controversy in the country's political circles, especially Shiites. Leaders in the coordination framework demanded to stop the project, claiming that its purpose was to deliver oil to Israel.
The Ministry of Oil is seeking to build a pipeline to export crude oil as a new port through Jordan, starting from Basra to Haditha and then from Haditha to the port of Aqaba, but the project still faces some challenges and obstacles, including the provision of large sums needed to finance this project.
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