4/4/2011

BOTAS: Iraq plans to sell Basra oil via Turkey

Today’s Zaman - State-owned Turkish Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) General Director Fazil Senel has said the Iraqi authorities told a Turkish delegation visiting Iraq last week that they plan to sell the country’s oil in the southern port city of Basra via Turkey to Europe.

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Senel said the Iraqis presented their master plan for marketing their country’s oil and natural gas. “They plan to build two or three pipelines from Basra in the south to Zakho, near the Turkish border, and transport Basra oil through the Turkish port city of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean,” he said. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a two-day visit to Iraq last week. Senel was one of the bureaucrats accompanied him during that visit.

In his remarks, Senel added that the Iraqi officials also asked them to rebuild the damaged part of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which connects the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to Ceyhan and has a capacity to carry 70.5 million tons of oil per annum. “We will send a technical delegation there soon,” he said. BOTAS has been operating the pipeline since 1977.
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Turkey; energy industry; energy hub; ceyhan; iraqi oil; basra; kirkuk; botas; turkey pipeline projects; iraq-turkey pipeline; oil pipeline; fazil senel