The KRG faces mounting austerity as it looks to boost oil exports. With Kirkuk set to provide key extra volumes, its dispute with Baghdad may intensify.

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has increased pumping through its independent pipeline to Ceyhan to 240,000 b/d, a significant hike on September’s 180,000 b/d. But where the oil is going remains a mystery, with cargoes heading to sea but often not making their supposed destinations. (CONTINUED - 1056 WORDS)