Iraqi oil starts flowing into Jordan — Thiabat

petrol cargo Truck driving on highway hauling oil
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AMMAN — President of the Truck Owners Syndicate Nael Ak-Thiabat said 165 oil tanks arrived overland from Iraq following a two-month hiatus, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The government attributed the pause in oil imports from Iraq to “logistical” reasons on the Iraqi side. But economists contended that the halted supplies were sparked by political tensions in Iraq, mainly between the government in Baghdad and Kurds who are in command of the Kirkuk oilfield, the source of the supply to Jordan.

Earlier this week, local media outlets quoted Minister of Energy and Mineral resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh as saying that “following completion of logistical procedures, Iraqi oil exports to Jordan have been resumed.”

Thiabat, who is also the director of the company that transfers oil from Iraq to Jordan, pointed out that the tanks arrived to the Jordan Petroleum Refinery in Al-Zarqa, explaining that there is a continuous coordination and facilitative measures on borders between the two countries.

He also said “last week we started importing with an amount of 40 tanks a day,” adding the syndicate always liaises with the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad, and the Iraqi Embassy in Amman to ease up all procedures which could hamper the flow between the two neighboring countries.

Kharabsheh, the energy minister of energy, has said that the “loading process started from the new site (Kirkuk Modern Warehouse) instead of (Al-Siniya/Baiji station).

He explained that the Ministry of Energy, with the close follow-up of the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad, reached with the Ministry of Oil and the Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) Iraq, to extend the memorandum of understanding for the supply of crude oil.

The memorandum was signed on January 28, 2021, and Jordan wants it to be extended until December 31, 2022, to allow for the transfer of the remaining contractual amounts stipulated in the memorandum.

From September 2021 until the end of July 2022, Jordan had imported from Iraq about 2.525 million barrels of oil, or about 8,359 barrels per day, which were transported by 9,678 tanks from the site (Al-Siniya/Baiji station) to the Zarqa refinery site.

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