Baghdad in talks with Turkey, Kurdish authorities over resuming Kirkuk oil exports – minister

Iraq is still in talks with Turkey and Kurdish regional authorities to resume Kirkuk oil exports through the Ceyhan port, state-run newspaper al-Sabah quoted on Monday Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi as saying. “The decision to restart exports depends on the results of the talks,” Luaibi said. Production from Iraq’s Kirkuk oilfields is currently at 220,000 barrels per day, which is entirely diverted to local refineries, according to the minister. Exports from Kirkuk’s oilfields were halted after an Iraq military offensive to retake the disputed territories which had come under Kurdish control in 2014, Reuters said.