By John Lee.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani (pictured) has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to connect its new oil pipeline with Baghdad's Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in a way that allows Baghdad to measure oil flows, according to Reuters.
The KRG is expected to complete the 300,000-bpd pipeline in the coming weeks, increasing its control over its oil exports.
Shahristani added that Baghdad had not received any response, but a source at Kurdistan's Ministry of Natural Resources told Reuters that the KRG could not accept the proposal, arguing that frequent stoppages on the pipeline from Arab-controlled fields and a lack of control over the metering station would make it difficult for the KRG to monitor its own oil flows.
The source continued:
"The KRG has taken the decision to connect its new pipeline to a new international-standard metering station installed after the existing metering station ... The KRG is happy for federal officials to come and observe the metering of oil from the Kurdistan Region and to share with them any information they need."
He said that while the KRG has been keeping its final connection options open as long as possible, the current plan was to link up to the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline between the Iraqi pumping station and the Turkish border.