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Jordan, Iraq sign oil-gas pipeline deal, says report
The Peninsula (Qatar) ^ | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | AFP

Posted on 04/09/2013 8:18:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

An Iraqi official said yesterday Amman and Baghdad have signed a deal to extend an $18bn pipeline to the Red Sea city of Aqaba to export crude and supply Jordan with oil and gas.

“The two countries have signed an agreement to build a 1,700km pipeline from Basra to Aqaba,” Nihad Musa, director of State Company for Oil Projects, told Jordan’s official news agency Petra in Amman.

“The designs and technical studies, which are currently being conducted by a Canadian company, are scheduled to be done by the end of this year.” Musa said Iraq “is serious about implementing the $18bn project. It is important for the two countries.”

Under the deal, which is expected to be operational in 2017, “Jordan will get 850,000 barrels of oil as well as 100 million cubic metres of gas a day,” the Iraqi official was quoted as saying.

The kingdom relies on imports for 95 percent of its energy needs. A rise in fuel prices by up to 53 percent in November prompted violent protests in which three people were killed and more than 70 injured.

Iraq, which sits on the region’s third-largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and Iran at 115 billion barrels, hopes the move will increase and diversify its exports.

Jordan currently imports 10,000 barrels of Iraqi oil per day at well below the global market value, and has recently agreed to increase that amount to 15,000 barrels. Iraq delivered oil to Jordan for preferential prices under the UN oil-for-food programme during the rule of slain dictator Saddam Hussein.

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TOPICS: Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: energy; iran; iraq; israel; jordan; lebanon; naturalgas; oil; qatar; saudiarabia; turkey; waronterror

1 posted on 04/09/2013 8:18:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 04/09/2013 8:20:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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It is expected that this pipeline will fulfill Iraq's needs for oil derivatives; Iraq will use Egyptian refineries in exchange for supplying Egypt with around four million barrels of crude oil per month. In this regard, the Iraqi spokesman at the Ministry of Oil, Assem Jihad, said that “Iraq has extended a pipeline from the oilfields of Basra to the Haditha region in the far west of Anbar, near the Jordanian border. Iraq has formed a set of technical committees to design the pipeline that will extend from Haditha to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The project will be open for investments.”

He added, “The export capacity of the pipeline amounts to one million barrels per day. A gas pipeline will shortly be built.”

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3 posted on 04/10/2013 5:20:30 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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