Iraq To Split Basra Crude Streams

Iraq is planning to market two types of Basra crude, light and heavy, as of next year. Traders say the decision to split the main oil export stream comes as a result of the deteriorating quality of oil producers in the southern Basra province, due to the higher volumes of heavier grades coming on stream. The award of a new contract for further development of the ExxonMobil-operated West Qurna-1 field means there is more heavy oil to come.

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