Middle East Economic Survey


No 26


SOMO Issues 4Mn Barrels Kirkuk Tender As Sporadic Pumping Continues

Iraqs State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) on 20 June issued its first Kirkuk crudes export tender since 2004, marking a resumption of sporadic pumping along its vulnerable northern pipeline export route (MEES, 26 April 2004). Exports via the twin pipeline system, which had a capacity of some 800,000 b/d before the allied invasion in 2003, were effectively halted in...