Iraqi Kurdistan region’s oil output at risk after Turkey halts pipeline exports

An oil field is seen in Kirkuk Iraq 2017 Source REUTERS - Alaa Al-Marjani

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP.L), which operates the 55,000 bpd Shaikan field in the KRI, said in a statement on Monday that its “facilities have storage capacity that allow continued production at a curtailed rate over the coming days, after which the company will suspend production”.

DNO (DNO.OL) and Genel Energy , which also operate in the region, said they are currently storing oil in tanks, which can accommodate several days of production.

The two firms hold stakes in the Tawke and Peshkabir fields, which produced 107,000 bpd of oil last year.

Genel also holds stakes in the Taq Taq and Sarta fields, which produced a respective 4,500 bpd and 4,710 bpd last year, according to the company’s annual results.

Production at the Khurmala oil field run by Kurdish group Kar is currently unaffected at around 135,000 bpd and heading into tank, a source familiar with the field operations told Reuters.

Shamaran Petroleum (SNM.V), another operator, said in a statement: “The company will remain in close contact with the other oil producers in the Kurdistan Region and with relevant government officials, and will continue to monitor this situation closely.”

Reporting by Rowena Edwards; Editing by Jan Harvey and Angus MacSwan