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Iraqi Kurds say upgrade raises oil pipeline capacity to 1 million bpd

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(Reuters) - An export pipeline in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region has been upgraded to a capacity of 1 million barrels per day from 700,000 bpd, the said on Sunday.

The pipeline carries crude across and connects to a metering station in Fish-Khabur near the Turkish and Syrian borders, before feeding another pipeline that takes the crude to the coast for export.

"This extra capacity will accommodate future production growth from KRG (Regional Government) producing fields, and can also be used by the (in Baghdad) to export the currently stranded in Kirkuk and surrounding areas," the ministry's statement said.

The KRG currently exports over 400,000 bpd of crude oil, it said.

Exports from oilfields in Kirkuk have been on hold since forces took control of them from the Kurds last year in retaliation for a Kurdish referendum on independence which was widely opposed by Turkey, and Western powers.

has built the pipeline for Kirkuk exports to the port of Ceyhan after the old belonging to the had been damaged by Islamic State militants.

(Reporting by John Davison, Ahmed Rasheed, in London; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 23:55 IST