KRG energy chief Ashti Hawrami continued this week to speak effusively about the role of gas in the KRG. But while it has an important domestic role, it appears that export plans are being kicked into the long grass.

Domestically gas is being used to phase out the use of diesel for power generation – not just because diesel is expensive, but the KRG has frequently opted to cut refining runs to maximize crude exports (MEES, 14 October). Non-associated gas is currently produced by the...