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Baghdad today - Sulaymaniyah
The Energy Affairs Advisor at the Information Office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bahjat Ahmed, confirmed today, Thursday (September 21, 2023), that the problem of oil and its export from the Kurdistan region to Turkey is “political.”
Ahmed told "Baghdad Today", "The resumption of oil exports has nothing to do with the recent financial agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, which included sending employees' salaries for a period of 3 months."
He added, "The problem of exporting oil is political, not economic or technical, and I do not expect a near return to resuming its export, as Turkey is fabricating various pretexts for not resuming oil exports in the near future."
The Turkish Minister of Energy, Alp Arslan Bayraktar, announced on September 14, 2023, that the oil pipeline between Iraq and Turkey will be technically ready for operation soon, and will be qualified to transport oil from the Kurdistan region of Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan for export, without specifying a specific date, Indicating that the line inspection has been completed.
Turkey stopped flows through the pipeline on March 25, 2023, after a ruling in an arbitration case issued by the International Chamber of Commerce ordered Ankara to pay compensation to Baghdad for unauthorized exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq between 2014 and 2018.
Turkey then began maintenance work on the pipeline that passes through a seismically active area, which it says was damaged by the earthquake that struck Turkey last February.
Last August, Iraqi Oil Minister Hayan Abdul Ghani agreed with Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alp Arslan Bayraktar in Ankara on the importance of resuming the flow of Iraqi Kurdistan oil to Turkey, after the completion of pipeline rehabilitation operations.
It is noteworthy that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who intends to visit Iraq next month - had held Baghdad responsible for resuming the pumping of Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil, as he announced on July 12, 2023 that the delay in the return of supplies and the payment of compensation was caused by a dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the regional government in Erbil. .
The Iraqi government had filed a lawsuit against Turkey for obtaining crude oil from the Kurdistan region without its approval, which the International Chamber of Commerce relied on in its ruling to stop exports, and ruled to compensate Baghdad about 1.47 billion dollars.
The decision led to the interruption of supplies amounting to about 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the fields of Iraqi Kurdistan, in addition to 75,000 barrels from other Iraqi regions, heading from Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea, with a length of 970 kilometers.