Kirkurk Pleads with Iraq for Installation of Oil Refinery in Province

Iraq, July 27, 2016

A recent statement by Kirkurk Provincial Council has stated the Iraqi government has not listened to their pleas for the last ten years of their dire need for a oil refinery. City officials have stated that having a refinery in Kirkurk would mean they could fulfil their immediate fuel needs.

Yet, Baghdad as well as Kurdish and Arab government officials have not been able to agree as to where it would be constructed and their is disagreement as to whether it should be in Dubiz, where the Iraqi Kurds would like it or in Hawija, where the Arabs would prefer.

A need for a refinery in Kirkurk has never been more dire as the province has not been able to trade oil for the last four months with Baghdad's recent sanction stopping them.