Baghdad: pipeline amendment through Syria needs more than a year

Official in Iraq’s North Oil Company, based in the city of Kirkuk, said that the rehabilitation of the pipeline to export crude oil from northern fields to the Syrian port of Banias on the Mediterranean Sea in need of more than a year to complete the repairs and rehabilitation because of the stop since 2003.



The chief of the fields in the company’s Mohammed Hussein told the German news DPA: The «pipeline to export crude oil through Syrian territory stalled completely since 2003, need maintenance and rehabilitation of a year; because of the damage sustained due to suspension pumping operations for many years ».

He added: that «the North Oil Company has conducted negotiations with a Russian company to repair the track line by more than three years but stopped because of the violence that swept the country».

The pipeline to export Iraqi crude oil through Syrian territory, which has a design capacity of 1.4 million barrels a day, a line system tubes Iraq holds the export of crude oil to world markets, with a capacity of Nominal 6.6 million barrels per day, spread through the port of Basra and Khor al-Amaya in northern Gulf, and the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean, and the port of Yanbu on Saudi territory across the Red Sea
export of crude oil through Syrian territory, broke down in 1982 on the background of a political dispute between Iraq and Syria, but the work has been after 1997 against the backdrop of the resumption of trade relations between the two countries, but a limited capacity ranging from 200 to 400 thousand barrels per day because of the inability of the tube to absorb additional energies to his foot and worn out large parts of it.

Iraq and Syria seek to restore life to this line on the back of expectations of the oil ministry in Baghdad, raising the ceiling of crude oil production to 12 million barrels per day within six years to come after develop 12 oil fields by foreign companies obtained licenses for development by mid-2009 and early this year .

Both Syria and Iraq signed the minutes of the meeting which took place in Damascus on 25 August 2010 between the ministries of oil in the two countries on the transfer of crude oil and gas in Iraq to the Mediterranean coast through Syrian territory.

the record also take advantage of the capabilities available in existing oil transport system, as well as take advantage of the system of transporting and processing gas currently exist in Syria.

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