Abu Dhabi firm Taqa will provide a much-needed 30,000 b/d boost to crude output in Iraqi Kurdistan with the start-up of its Atrush field likely next month. This will mark the KRG’s first upstream ‘good news’ for some time given that 2016 was characterized by geological downgrades and geopolitical travails.

Atrush is on track to reach first oil in early Q2 this year, providing the KRG with a much-needed fillip. Phase One of Atrush (Taqa 39.9% operator, Canada-based Shamaran...