Kirkuk-Baniyas Oil Pipeline

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Kirkuk-Baniyas Oil Pipeline is a retired oil pipeline in Iraq and Syria.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs from the Kirkuk oil fields in Iraq to the Baniyas Port, Syria.

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Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Current capacity:
  • Proposed capacity: 2,750,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 800 kilometers
  • Status: Retired
  • Start Year:

History

The existing Kirkuk-Baniyas oil pipeline was built in 1952 and operated at a capacity of approximately 300,000 bpd.[2] The 800 kilometer pipeline was shut down in 1982 due to political issues between Iraq's and Syria's Ba'ath parties and only reopened briefly in 2000 to bypass UN sanctions.[3] However, after the invasion of 2003, the aging pipeline was severely damaged and has remained inoperable since.[4]

Background

In 2007, Syria and Iraq agreed to rehabilitate the decrepit and war-damaged pipeline. In 2009, a delegation from various Russian companies came together to partner with both countries to either rehabilitate or replace the oil pipeline.[5] In 2010, a decision was made to replace the pipeline system rather than rehabilitate due to the high costs of the proposed rehabilitation project.[6] In 2011, Iraq was seeking to bring in foreign investors to finance the project.[7]

Since 2011, there has been no news of the pipeline project due to the Syrian civil war and Iraq's military campaign against the Islamic State.

Articles and resources

References

  1. Kirkuk-Baniyas Oil Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. Oil and Gas Industry: What happened on April 23, Oges, accessed September 2017
  3. Eric Watkins, Iraq, Syria agree on plan to repair Kirkuk-Banias oil line, Oil & Gas Journal, April 24, 2009
  4. Kirkuk-Banias Pipeline, Project Gutenberg, accessed September 2017
  5. Ibrahim Khalil, Maliki, Russians discuss Kirkuk-Baniyas pipeline repair, Iraqi News, May 14, 2009
  6. Kirkuk-Banias Pipeline, Project Gutenberg, accessed September 2017
  7. Syria/Iraq Pipeline Tenders to be Issued Soon, Iraq-Business News, January 25, 2011

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