Iraq will start exporting oil from the northern Kirkuk fields to Iran before the end of January, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told reporters in Baghdad.
About 30,000 barrels per day of crude will be trucked to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery in the first instance, he said. “God willing, we will start before the end of the month,’’ he added.
Kurdish forces took control of Kirkuk in 2014, when the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of ISIS. The Kurdish move prevented the militants from seizing the region’s oilfields.