Iraq-Kuwait Gas Pipeline
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Iraq-Kuwait Gas Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline, running from Iraq's Rumaila oilfield to Kuwait. There have been no updates since 2018 and the project is presumed to be shelved.
The pipeline would run from Rumaila oilfield, Basra governorate, Iraq, to an unspecified location in Kuwait.
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- Proposed capacity: 2.06 billion cubic meters per year
- Status: Shelved
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In November 2017, the Iraqi government hired Japanese firm Toyo Engineering to design and build a gas pipeline from Iraq's giant Rumaila oilfield to neighboring Kuwait. Kuwait has offered a sovereign guarantee for up to 80% of the project's costs.
The pipeline would serve dual purposes for Iraq: helping pay down the remaining $4.6 billion in reparations to Kuwait for the 1990 invasion, and helping reduce gas flaring, which the World Bank has specified as a condition for further lending. In turn, the pipeline would help Kuwait reduce its reliance on imported gas from Qatar, with which Kuwait has been trying to cut relations since the beginning of the diplomatic crisis in 2017.
There have been no updates since 2018 and the project is presumed to be shelved.
Articles and resources
- Exclusive: Iraq looks to Kuwait gas pipeline to pay off reparations, Reuters, 22 Nov. 2017.
- Kuwait Gas-Supply Pact — Iraq “has Much to Gain”, Iraq Business News, 9 Jan. 2018.