Though its own exports are limited by international sanctions, Iran has criticized Iraq’s intentions to fill the market gap by increasing its own oil exports.
Al-Basra oil terminal
The Central Meeting and Manifold Platform of the al-Basra oil terminal, belonging to Iraq's Southern Oil Company, is seen through the hawse of a ship in the Middle East Gulf. Nov. 27, 2013. The Southern Oil Company is preparing a new Central Metering and Manifold Platform to increase oil export capacity. It will be operational in the first quarter of next year, according to Associate Director Mahmoud Abdul Amir.