Iraqi oil ministry announced that it is planning to complete a pipeline to carry Iraqi oil to Jordan and Egypt through the Gulf of Aqaba, ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said today. Iraq has already constructed a pipeline from the oilfields of Basra to Haditha region near the Jordanian border. That pipeline is to be extended from Haditha to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The proposed pipeline will have a capacity of one million barrels per day. A parallel gas pipeline will also be built.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil discussed supplying Iraqi oil to the Egyptian refineries with his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki during a recent visit to Baghdad.
“We discussed supplying the Egyptian refineries with crude via a pipeline across the Gulf of Aqaba, which is considered a vital route to bolster the Iraqi, Egyptian and Jordanian economy,” said Maliki in a statement. (Aswat al-Iraq/Al Monitor, 13 March)
During to a visit to Jordan last year, Maliki concluded an agreement with the kingdom to extend a pipeline from Iraq to the Port of Aqaba. The pipeline would supply all Jordanian oil import needs.
File photo: Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (R) speaks and Egypt's Prime Minister Hesham Kandil. Baghdad, March 4, 2013 (Reuters)