By John Lee.
China's CNPC has announced the completion of a 272 kilometre crude oil pipeline which connects Halfaya and Burzugan [Bazargan] oilfields in southern Iraq to the Al-Faw port.
Incredibly, CNPC have remarked that the pipeline is passing through 30km of areas that were once minefields during the Iran-Iraq war.
Today, southern Iraq is free of conflict and heavily defended against ISIL, who are fighting hundreds of kilometres to the north and struggling to operate beyond Baghdad.
CNPC have hailed the project as Iraq's most significant post 2003 pipeline, and note that the 42 inch diameter structure will have a 50 million tonne per year capacity.