Head of Ministry of Energy: oil pipeline Iraq-Turisia will resume work this week

The oil pipeline between Iraq and Turkey, which has been damaged during the destructive February earthquakes in Kazhramanmarash, will resume work this week.

This was announced by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Alparslan Bayractar at the opening of the International Oil and Gas Conference Adipec 2023 in Abu Dabi.

The minister noted that Turkey has long been a reliable route for oil and natural gas.

According to him, today 2 million barrels of oil per day passes through the Turkish straits, and the Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline has about 45 years, has a capacity of 500 thousand barrels per day.

“The oil pipeline Iraq -Turisia from today is ready for operation. This week we will put the pipeline into operation. After the pipeline commissioned, 500 thousand barrels of oil will be delivered to the global oil markets,” Bayractar said.

He noted that Turkey put a significant amount of gas to Europe on the Transanatolian gas pipeline Tanap.

“Today we supply gas to Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova through the West Balkan pipeline. We turn into a gas hub more and more,” the minister emphasized.

In addition, as Bayractar indicated, Turkey seeks to reduce energy dependence on other countries.