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Political obstacles will block Iraqi Kurdish gas hopes

Tuesday, February 21, 2023


Ample gas reserves in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) could potentially help address energy shortfalls in Baghdad and Ankara. However, internal and external politics have constrained the sector’s development: current output does not even meet the KRI’s own needs.


  • Increased gas from Khor Mor will stimulate KRI industrial development.
  • The EU will support efforts to export Kurdish gas as it seeks to replace Russian supplies.
  • Poor relations between the KRI and its foreign oilfield operators will limit progress on monetising associated gas.

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