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Cash-Strapped Iraqi Kurds to Start Gas Exports to Turkey in 2016

  • Pipeline to start shipping natural gas to Turkey by year end
  • Kurdish gas to give Turkey alternative to imports from Russia

Iraq’s Kurds will start building their first natural gas pipeline next month to export the fuel to Turkey, a project that would bring the self-governed region closer to economic independence.

The link will transport gas from the Khor Mor and Chamchamal fields in northern Iraq’s Kurdish enclave, first to Turkey and later to Europe, Bewar Al-Khinsi, an economic adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government, said in a phone interview. The KRG will begin shipping 10 billion cubic meters a year by the end of 2016 and double the volume to 20 billion by 2020, he said.