2020 was a trying year for all of the Middle East’s oil producers. Between low oil prices, decimated global demand, and difficulties with oil field operations – all caused by the Covid-19 pandemic – regional players all struggled, and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region was no exception.

Yet for the third consecutive year since losing 280,000 b/d-worth of production from Avana Dome and Bai Hassan fields to federal Iraqi troops in late 2017 (MEES, 20 October 2017), the semi-autonomous region managed to grow its overall oil output. (CONTINUED - 1867 WORDS)