Iraq’s oil ministry announced 16 November that it has struck a preliminary deal with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to resume exports from Kirkuk to Ceyhan via the KRG’s 1mn b/d export pipeline. The deal comes less than a month after Adil Abd al-Mahdi was confirmed as Prime Minister (MEES, 26 October). State marketer SOMO will oversee exports which the ministry expects to be in the neighborhood of 50,000-100,000 b/d initially. 

MEES estimates that North Oil Company...