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An Oil Pipeline Project Crossing Iraq Can Provide Access to Port of Banias

Recent reports confirm an oil pipeline project that would pass through Iraq providing countries like Syria and Lebanon with oil and gas from Iran.

Recent reports confirm an oil pipeline project that would pass through Iraq providing countries like Syria and Lebanon with oil and gas from Iran. 

The project would help Iran avoid US sanctions and also avoid using the Hormuz Strait, which has recently been rumored to close due to international political issues. Representatives from Tahran have offered to help Iraq continue this project since it was last visited in 2014. 

There are reportedly two options for the continuation of the project one being a new 1,000 km pipeline from Iraq to Syria or rehabilitate the the 800 km pipeline that runs on the Iranian side to the Kirkuk-Baniyas pipeline. The project is said to have initially been commissioned in the early 1950’s connecting Syria all the way to northern Iraq, which in 1982 was stopped from operating due to the Iran-Iraq war and was damaged in 2003 during the US invasion of Iraq. 

An unconfirmed representative from Iraqi oil and gas committee confirms the projects potential for operation and that it does see the delivery of both oil and gas to Syria and Lebanon. 

Assad al-Adli, Iraqi economist reports that the project is approved and that the project in full scale will take approximately two years to complete. 

 

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