July 11, 2009

BAGHDAD — The pending merger of Heritage Oil and Turkey’s Genel Energy for oil developments in Iraqi Kurdistan may be a watershed for the region.

[efoods]Heritage combines with Genel to examine the possibility of linking northern Iraqi oil fields with pipelines, the Financial Times reports.

Despite lingering disputes over the laws governing the Iraqi energy sector, exports from the Kurdish Taq Taq and Tawke oil fields began June 1 with revenue deposited into federal accounts. The Kurdish developments are complicated, however, by a lack of payment agreements for the field operators.

The Tawke Field began exports at an initial rate of around 60,000 barrels per day, while the Taq Taq field north of Kirkuk trucks oil at the rate of 40,000 barrels per day to Turkish ports.

Paul Atherton, the top financial official at Heritage, said the merger with Genel will create a “new regional giant” in Iraqi Kurdistan, which is peppered with smaller developers.


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