Baghdad: Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurds upgraded their oil export pipeline to accommodate future production growth from their region as well as from the contested Kirkuk area controlled by the central government in Baghdad.

The Kurdistan Regional Government completed improvements to the pipeline to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, Turkey, by installing another pumping station in the Shaikhan area, the KRG’s Ministry of Natural Resources said on its website. The link’s capacity increased to 1 million barrels a day from 700,000, it said. (Bloomberg)