Kirkuk oil fields are now in full operation and Iraq has therefore resumed pumping crude through a region controlled by Iraqi Kurdistan through a pipeline to Turkey. Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi announced they would extract gas associated with oil to avoid damage to reservoirs.
The use of the pipeline through Kurdistan resumed without explanation from Baghdad after Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad failed to come to an agreement on oil revenue sharing between the two regions. Prime Minster Abadi recently told media, ”we have to produce oil in order to get gas,this is a very old oil field, if this field does not produce oil, it can be degraded. So we were told to pump oil from Kirkuk to Ceyhan,"