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The curious case of Kurdish gas

The KRG is seeking to increase gas flows and reduce flaring, but its strategy has raised a few eyebrows

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is moving to exert greater control over its oil and gas industry under Minister of Natural Resources Kamal Atroshi, who was sworn into office in January. Operators may not, though, see the greater engagement as unconditionally positive.  IOCs active in Kurdistan had been sitting relatively pretty—14 months of consecutive timely payments coincided with the December announcement by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) of a plan to pay off several months’ worth of debts. Under the MNR’s framework, firms received an additional $0.50/bl produced for each dollar over $50/bl in the realised price of crude, allowing them to slowly make good the arrears, sa



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