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 Kurdistan oil minister accuses journalists of being unable to distinguish between crude and its byproducts

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Kurdistan oil minister accuses journalists of being unable to distinguish between crude and its byproducts  20.8.2010  





Kurdistan Has Right To Sell Crude, Hawrami says

August 20, 2010


ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan's Minister of Natural Resources held a press conference Thursday answering the questions of local and foreign reporters about alleged smuggling of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan to Iran.

“We have full right to sell crude oil. But we have not. What we have exported thus far has been byproducts of oil,” said Hawrami accusing local journalists of being unable to distinguish between crude and its byproducts.

Hawrami said that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) keeps developing its “successful policy” regarding oil until the Oil and Gas Law package is approved by the Iraqi Parliament.           

Ashti Hawrami,Minister of Natural Resources of Kurdistan, talks to reporters in Erbil, Thursday on August 19, 2010. Rudaw photo.
The press conference was held for Hawrami and Kawa Mahmoud, Minister of Culture in a hall at the Ministry of Culture in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan.

He said that the KRG had used most of the money it made in selling oil to provide electricity for the people of Kurdistan, adding that the region will produce aviation fuel and gas next month.

His comments come as an answer to a New York Times article and several other local media outlets that had accused the regional government of smuggling oil to Iran.

Rozhnama, a newspaper for the opposition party Gorran, published an article last month saying that hundreds of millions of dollars in crude oil had gone to the pockets of the officials of the two ruling parties.

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Massoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani jointly govern the region in the north of Iraq.

Both of the two ruling parties sued Rozhnama after it published the story. The court has yet to issue a verdict.

Kurdistan Oil Minister says Kurdistan sells black oil, not crude oil

Hawrami  said that the oil sold in the market is black oil and not crude oil he added that it is being sold thru bids not secret contracts. Hawrami said Thursday that the region will produce oil for airplanes next month in Kilk refinery and it would.

Kurdistan region seeks to increase oil revenues to $25 billion,

Also Hawrami announced on Thursday that his ministry seeks to increase the daily oil production in the region to 3-4 million barrels in the coming four years,
www.ekurd.netnoting that revenues will increase during this period to $25 billion.

“The region has 45 billion barrels of oil and 200 trillion cubic meters of natural gas,” Hawrami said at a press conference n Erbil, attended by Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the ministry has prepared a strategy to increase the oil and gas production.

“The gas will be exported through Turkey,” he said.
 
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