No further comment, spokesman Mark Ware said

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LONDON, Oct Canada Goose Outlet 23 (Reuters) Kurdistan oil has begun to reach international markets in independent export deals canada goose uk black friday that further challenge Baghdad claim to full control over Iraqi oil after first signing independent exploration deals with foreign oil majors last year.

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The oil canada goose clearance sale was trucked across the country from a Kurdish field to Turkey, where it loaded at the start of the month.

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buy canada goose jacket A spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said the Kurdish condensate is being swapped for refined products with a private Turkish company with no cash involved. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose sale the private Turkish company does Canada Goose Jackets with the condensate it canadian goose jacket owns is canada goose clearance not the cheap Canada Goose responsibility of the KRG, he said. Canada Goose sale

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Iraq government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said any deals independently agreed with Kurdistan are illegal and trading Kurdish oil and gas products without the central government consent amounts to smuggling.

maintains its right to legally pursue all those who participate in smuggling the property of the Iraqi people locally or internationally, he said, commenting Canada Goose Online on the Kurdish sales of oil to the Swiss trading houses.

Trafigura declined to comment, while Vitol confirmed it had bought a parcel for loading in Turkey, declining to comment any further on the deal.

small parcel was Canada Goose Coats On Sale bought in a public tender, FOB Toros terminal, Turkey. No further comment, spokesman Mark Ware said.

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Similarly, on the trading side, better prospects in the north have caught the attention of major oil traders, who are now prepared to risk Baghdad anger to gain a foothold in Kurdistan while the region heads towards greater autonomy.

Canada Goose Parka this flow (exports from Kurdistan) is meant to be huge. Crude, naphtha, LPG, condensate, but yes, very political, said an oil trader, commenting on the logic for risking relations with canada goose store Baghdad. Canada Goose Parka

canadian goose jacket So canada goose far, Kurdistan export volumes are tiny in comparison to its daily exports via national pipelines, moving around 1,000 tonnes of oil per day (about 8,000 bpd) to Turkey by truck, but deliveries are on the rise. canadian goose jacket

canada goose clearance sale A Kurdish industry black friday canada goose source in Arbil said condensate volumes were expected to reach 1,500 tonnes per day (about 12,000 bpd) canada goose black friday sale by the end of October and more trucks would be made available towards the end of the year. canada goose clearance sale

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Canada Goose online The process has however been stop start over the years due to a long running feud between Baghdad and Arbil over canada goose coats on sale oil and land rights. Exports were halted in April in a dispute over payments from buy canada goose jacket cheap Baghdad to companies working in the region and restarted in August. Canada Goose online

In September a new deal was agreed with the central government on crude exports (set at 200,000 bpd in the last quarter of the year) and supply of refined oil products.

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