Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion heightens country's security

Oday al Quoraishi UAE Gary Vogler Howitzer Consulting LLC Centreville, Va. Completion of Phase 1 of the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion (ICOEE) project enhanced the country's national security, providing needed redundancy to an export channel responsible for most of Iraq's revenue stream. ICOEE In 2007 almost all of Iraq's 1.6 million b/d of crude oil exports shipped through one southern subsea pipeline system. The system is so old and so badly corroded that one former senior South Oil Co. (SOC) manager said it should have started failing in the late 1990s. The last inspection of these subsea pipelines in 1989 found severe internal corrosion. SOC derated the maximum operating pressure in ...

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