The flow of oil from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to Turkey remains halted amid a dispute between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Iraqi federal government, and the Turkish government. One oil sector employee told Al-Monitor on Friday that a continued lapse in oil exports will significantly hurt the Kurdistan Region’s energy sector.
Background: In March, the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce ruled in Iraq’s favor in its case against the Kurdistan Region exporting oil to Turkey. Per the ruling, Ankara was to pay Baghdad $1.5 billion for allowing unauthorized exports from 2014-2018. Turkey stopped the oil exports from the Kurdistan Region following news of the court ruling. In normal times, 450,000 barrels per day are exported from the Kurdistan Region into Turkey’s Ceyhan port. The federal Iraqi government also exports 70,000 barrels of oil per day to Turkey through Ceyhan.