Details of New Iraq/Syria Pipelines

An initial agreement between Iraq and Syria to build a pipeline to the Mediterranean envisions one crude pipeline with a capacity of 1.5 million barrels per day and another with a capacity of 1.25m bpd, an Iraqi government spokesman said yesterday.

Ali Al Dabbagh said that the larger of the two pipelines would carry heavier crudes and the other would export light crudes.

A third pipeline foreseen in the possible project would be for gas which could be used to operate pumping stations.

The pipelines would originate at oil fields near Kirkuk in northern Iraq and terminate at Syria’s port of Banias [Baniyas] on the Mediterranean Sea.

Al Dabbagh said that the government had approved the plan, while Deputy Oil Minister, Abdul Kareem Luaibi, said earlier in the week that the ministry intended to issue a tender for the project within two months.

(Sources: Tehran Times, Gulf Daily News)

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