Iraq has restored an important domestic pipeline link between its northern fields and Baghdad. The 40,000 b/d pipeline will carry crude oil from the Kirkuk field to the 140,000 b/d Daura refinery and 1.4GW Al-Quds power plant at Baghdad, via Baiji. This should enable Kirkuk output to rise from the current 200,000 b/d.

Daura is the second largest operational Iraqi refinery after the 210,000 b/d Basra refinery – following the destruction of the 310,000 b/d Baiji plant by the Islamic...