Oil Exports Recover, Targets Remain Problematic

By Andrew Scarre.

Iraq’s oil exports have increased in October to 2.25 million barrels per day, an increase of 0.18 million barrels per day in comparison to September’s figures. Over the course of October, Iraq exported 69.8 million barrels of oil over the course of October, creating US$7.160 of revenue. The ministry confirmed that the price of oil per barrel over the course of the month was US$102.579.

Exports Increase Despite Sabotage

This increase in exports came in spite of the ongoing maintenance work in the southern terminals. In addition to this, a statement released by the ministry confirmed that at separate points during the month, pumping of oil in the Kirkuk-Ceyhan had to be ceased due to sabotage. From where this sabotage stemmed is currently unclear. However, on 2nd November, the pipeline was attacked once more by insurgents who bombed the pipeline and disabled it.

Overall, during the course of the month, Iraq exported 63.8 million barrels through the southern port of Basra, and 621,000 barrels via Turkey's port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea.

The news of increasing oil exports will come as a welcome boost to the Iraqi economy due to its dependence on oil exports. At present, oil exports account for nearly 95 percent of its budget and a fall in such revenues would have a drastic impact on the economy as a whole.

Increasing Productivity

This, however, is not the only good news for Iraq of late and, after 2010’s announcement that oil reserves in the country were actually almost 30 billion barrels greater than original estimates; oil production has continued to thrive.

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