Iraqi Kurdistan Negotiating Gas, Oil Deals With Iran

Iraqi Kurdistan Negotiating Gas, Oil Deals With IranIraqi Kurdistan Negotiating Gas, Oil Deals With Iran

To meet its domestic demand, the Iraqi Kurdistan government is negotiating to buy Iranian gas and have Kurdish oil refined across the border, an official from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) told a local English-language news agency on Thursday.

The gas will be for household use and to run Kurdistan’s power stations, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity since the deal has not been finalized yet, Rudaw reported.

He said the KRG has also asked Iran to refine Kurdish oil and send it back for domestic use.

Talks on the deals began this week when an Iranian delegation visited Kurdistan. It was led by Rostam Ghasemi, head of the Iran-Iraq trade mission and included Manuchehr Ardestani, advisor to Iran’s oil minister and Azizollah Ramezani, director for international affairs of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).

The Iranian delegation met with Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami and other government officials. Tehran’s ambassador to Baghdad also joined the meetings on Thursday.

The KRG official said that negotiations were held over determining the route of a pipeline that would carry Iranian gas to the Iraqi Kurdistan, and also on the details of the oil refining deal.