A dispute over payments stop oil exports of the Kurdistan region
Tuesday 3/4/2012 8:48
In the last clash between the KRG and the central government on the rights relating to oil, turn the Kurdistan region on Sunday its oil exports, accusing the central government in Baghdad of failing to pay dues of oil companies operating in the region such as the company ( or DNA) of Norway.
This dispute raises tensions in the conflict, the largest among the Arabs of Iraq and the piece in the disputed areas and the political independence and oil, which became a feature of Iraq since the departure of the last American forces of the country last December. Baghdad says the central government is the only one that has the right to export oil, while The government says the region has the right in the management of oil in its territory. The Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan region, saying "after consultation with the companies producing the ministry decided to stop oil exports until further notice, Payments owed to the companies in arrears for a period of ten months, and did not authorize the federal authorities the date of payment." For her part, the central government contracts to explore oil and gas signed with the Kurdistan region are illegal. The region's government says it has received payments totaling $ 514 million was only last payment in May 2011. Previously, the Baghdad government to pay for companies operating in Kurdistan for the costs of exploration and extraction of oil on the tentative agreement. Baghdad says it has agreed to pay about $ 560 million to producers of oil in the Kurdistan region and is awaiting final audit them.
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Last week said Government of the Territory as reduced oil exports to 50 thousand barrels per day because of a dispute over payments, while the Iraqi government says it was received an average of 70 to 75 thousand barrels per day from Kurdistan, but since the beginning of this year did not receive more than 65 thousand barrels per day. escalated tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region since October when it announced that Exxon Mobil U.S. about a deal for oil exploration in the region , then warned Baghdad that the company risked Bagyatea with the central government. still Iraqi lawmakers haggle on the oil law is intended to determine which entity controls the oil fields and on the revenue, which creates a legal framework more robust for companies operating in this state of the OPEC countries. In order to shed light on the tensions of investments the future, it has prevented the central government companies operating in Kurdistan to participate in the licensing round, the fourth planned this year, which includes 12 exploration of new. Comes the dispute over late payments while trying to government of national partnership to end the worst political crises since formation of the government over a year ago, a crisis, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, who fled to the Kurdistan region accused of the management of terrorist operations, raising tensions between the two governments. third oil extracted in the north of Iraq be filtered locally for domestic use due to the delay the Baghdad government to pay for oil the crude is pumped in the main pipe to Turkey and also because of the reduced costs of producers. Iraq has one of the largest oil reserves in the world, Baghdad has signed contracts with major multi-million dollar international oil companies. But after it agreed Exxon Mobil to sign contracts with the Kurdistan region, there are giant companies, such as the French company Total, consider signing contracts with the region. Dreams .. house over a hundred square meters