Iraqi Kurdistan will in all cases remain geopolitically trapped. A look at the region shows that Iraqi Kurdistan borders four countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. A long way to go but hey..don't we need all this mess to get those golden tickets?? :)!
Dragonfly - whilst I appreciate your visceral dislike of all things Barzani/Hawrami I wonder if you could take time out to help me understand a couple of things. You are adamant that the KRG have not met their commitment re the December agreement in April and post a short online SOMO document dated today to prove it. I found it interesting that they seem to lump the KRG oil under the heading of Kirkuk Crude - wouldn't be right to give the KRG any credit, would it?
Anyway, the link below takes you to a 61 page KRG document which amazingly they managed to get out on 4th May. It shows total oil exported and total handed to SOMO for sale. That does come up slightly short of 550k bopd, but not if you pro rata taking into account pipeline outages. It also shows that fields operated by the North Oil Co. (Kirkuk) managed 147,387 barrels a day on average as opposed to the 300,000. My first question therefore is whether some of the Kirkuk fields responsible for the 300k are operated by the KRG and the figure included in the total of 415,246.
The totals delivered to SOMO are registered by BOTAS certificates listed in the document. I did see one possible explanation for the discrepancy - the KRG figure being for total provided to SOMO by KRG and the IOC figure the total sold/exported by SOMO. Are you aware of this situation as we seem to have more evidence off the KRG figure than the IOC one? Presumably it will balance out with one month's unsold oil included in the next month's numbers.
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