Saudi outlet crucial to future exports of Iraqi oil

10/06/2003
Saudi Arabia holds immense but largely overlooked influence over the future of oil exports, now severely bottlenecked, from Iraq. Its lever: the Iraqi Pipeline across Saudi Arabia (IPSA).Sabotage keeps two other, vital Iraqi pipelines idle. One of them is the export line from northern fields to the Mediterranean through Turkey. The other is a reversible system linking southern and northern producing areas. An old pipeline to Syria, illicitly restarted while United Nations sanctions were in effect, is again closed. With exports blocked, northern-field production is limited to the needs of nearby refineries plus as much as 400,000 b/d reinjected after light ends are stripped for local uses....
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