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Iraqi Kurdistan Government statement on
recent New York Times article
Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —Response by the official
spokesman of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)
to an inaccurate New York Times
article of 8 July 2010 on the
refining of crude oil in the Kurdistan Region.
Kurdistan refined products
The Region’s refineries provide essential fuels to
Iraqi domestic and international markets. The KRG is
proud of its growing oil and gas sector, and the
KRG’s free trade policies.
The Kurdistan Regional
Government (KRG) has licensed three refineries in
the Kurdistan Region. These licenses are issued in
accordance with the Iraq Constitution and the
Kurdistan Region's Oil and Gas Law of 2007.
The refineries provide much-needed petroleum
products to the people and businesses of the
Kurdistan Region. The Kurdistan Region is the
economic success story of Iraq.”
Surplus from some refined products from Kurdistan’s
refineries is available for export. The KRG conducts
open and competitive tendering for the export sale
of petroleum products.
Products refined outside
The major sources of refined products are the large
refineries in other parts of Iraq including Beiji,
near Baghdad, and Dora, in Salahiddeen governorate.
Some of that product may well be exported through
the Kurdistan Region.
In other parts of Iraq, fuel oil is sold to the
local private sector by Federal agencies at a
significant discount to the international price.
This discount is intended to stimulate the local
economy. Unfortunately, this creates incentives for
the buyers to engage in cross-border trade.
The KRG is aware of the fact that profiteers in fuel
oil refined outside Kurdistan have exploited
Kurdistan’s international borders. The KRG, with the
active support of President Barzani, is instituting
a series of measures to ensure full compliance with
the Iraqi Constitution and international law, and in
this regard the KRG is committed to working with the
Federal Government to eliminate permanently all such
profiteering in fuel oil, not only in the KRG but
also along the entirety of Iraq's international
Joint KRG-Federal measures include mandatory
licensing of all fuel oil tankers entering the
In 2009, the KRG commenced the export of crude oil
by international pipeline through Turkey to the
Turkish port of Ceyhan.
With that exception, no crude oil travels across the
internal or external boundaries of the Kurdistan
KRG oil policy a success
The KRG’s oil policy, under the guidance of the
KRG’s Ministry of Natural Resources, is endorsed by
the whole Government and is a resounding success. It
will continue to be the engine of the Kurdistan
Region’s economic development.
Industry and media inquiries: mnr(at)krgoil.com
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