More disagreements emerge between Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad as they announce disagreements on the amounts of oil being exported by KRG through Turkey’s Ceyhan port. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the relationship between the two regions, “has to be more transparent in exporting oil.” Yet Kurdistan disagrees with Mr. Abadi’s comments, illustrated in a comment by Kurdistan Parliament Deputy Head of Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Dilshad Shaaban “it is not surprising that Abadi says such things. He even does not deserve to be answered. But, I repeat for the public opinion, that the Kurdistan Region exports 520 to 550,000 bpd to the Ceyhan port. Together with Kirkuk oilfields, the portion reaches 580 to 600,000 bpd.”
Mr. Shaaban cited a previous instance where Mr. Abadi made similar claims in 2014 in which he claimed KRG was exporting 400,000 barrels when he claims it was much less, and more in the region of 150,000 bpd.
This announcement comes despite both regions signing an oil agreement over the summer after failing to agree an amendment to the previously failed oil sharing agreement.