Kurdistan rushes to expand refineries

The Bazian refinery, 20 kilometers outside Sulaimaniya, seen from on top of the LPG storage domes, June 19, 2014. (PATRICK OSGOOD/IRAQ OIL REPORT)

The KRG trying to become a self-sufficient producer of fuel – a goal made more urgent by intensifying security and political challenges.

Exports reverse three-month slide

Tankers loading on Iraq's southern export terminals in the Basra Gulf, the country's only export route. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

September was the third-highest month for oil exports in 2014, as Iraq's new oil minister sets his sights on removing infrastructure bottlenecks and other obstacles to development.

Basra negotiates Iran gas pipeline

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Basra

A bilateral gas pipeline deal between Basra province and Iran could circumvent Baghdad's energy sector authority and conflict with UN sanctions.