Iraq, Egypt Discusses Expanding Oil Pipeline Project

Published on : 2021-03-21

Iraq and Egypt held discussions on the possibility of expanding the Basra-Aqaba oil pipeline to Egypt to provide a new outlet for Iraqi oil exports to North Africa, a top official told Zawya Projects. 

Maher Taher, Governor of Zubair (south of Basra) told Zawya Projects that the planned Basra-Aqaba oil pipeline would have a capacity of one million barrels per day with four pumping stations in Iraq and three in Jordan. 

Taher added that the project is currently in the engineering study phase. 

Mudher Muhammed Saleh, financial advisor to the Iraqi government told Zawya Projects that the project was expected to be completed in 2017 but has been delayed due delays in finalising pipelines, tanks and pushing stations within Jordan and Iraq. 

Jordan and Iraq had signed the agreement in 2013 to build the Basra to Aqaba pipeline passing through Jordan’s only refinery in Zarqa near Amman, according to an October 2020 report by the UAE’s The National newspaper.

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