After months of remaining out of public knowledge, the buyer of Kurdish oil in America has been revealed.
The chemical firm LyondellBasell purchased two tankers worth of Kurdish oil in May. The shipments totaled nearly 533,000 barrels of oil and at the time did not result in any legal action.
Data retrieved from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed that the chemical make up of the crude oil from those two shipments matched characteristics of oil from the Shaikan field in Kurdistan.
Over the past two years the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sold almost 20 million barrels of oil. Kurdistan continues to have bases of operations for many major oil companies including Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil.