The Iraqi Oil Ministry announced on Wednesday that Iraq and Turkey are going to reopen the 970-kilometer-long pipeline that transports Iraqi crude from Kirkuk to export facilities in Ceyhan on the Mediterranean coast.
The ministry’s statement came after the Iraqi oil minister Ihsan Abduljabbar Ismail and the Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad Ali Riza Guney met in Baghdad to discuss plans “to rehabilitate the strategic pipeline to transfer crude oil” from the Gulf to Europe.
The Kirkuk–Ceyhan Oil Pipeline, also known as the Iraq–Turkey Crude Oil Pipeline, is a 970 kilometers long pipeline that runs from Kirkuk in Iraq to southern Ceyhan in Turkey. It is Iraq's largest crude oil export line.
The pipeline had been exposed to intensive attacks by Daesh terror group and the attack in 2014 caused the Iraqi side of the pipeline to be closed.
By Sibel Morrow