29 Jan 2024

APIKUR Calls for U.S. Congressional Action on Kurdistan Oil Export Crisis


January 29, 2024

Key Points: 

  • APIKUR requests U.S. Congressional action to help persuade the Federal Government of Iraq  to resume oil exports in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, prior to the Prime Minister of Iraq’s  anticipated White House visit.

  • The halt in crude oil exports, ongoing for over 10 months, along with unresolved Iraqi Federal  Budget issues as well as prejudiced contractual terms and past and future payments to IOCs, threaten the fiscal stability of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region – a region that has been a steadfast  security ally of the United States in the Middle East. 

  • APIKUR emphasizes the significant U.S. and international investments in the region, totaling  over $10 billion, and the need to protect these interests. 

The Association of the Petroleum Industry of Kurdistan (APIKUR) appeals to the United States  Congress for immediate action to help resolve halted crude oil exports from the Kurdistan Region of  Iraq (KRI). The export halt, affecting over 400,000 barrels of oil per day, has lasted more than 10  months and is severely impacting the region's economy and stability at a time when regional tensions  are already heightened. 

In a letter to Congress, APIKUR details the significant U.S. and international investments in the KRI,  totaling over $10 billion, which are now at risk. The letter stresses the urgent need for U.S.  congressional action to encourage the Iraqi Prime Minister to resolve the oil production and export  impasse prior to his upcoming U.S. visit. 

APIKUR remains committed to the Kurdistan Region and urges the U.S. Congress to support efforts  to resume full oil production and exports, essential for regional economic stability and security. 

“The Iraqi Prime Minister should demonstrate that he is committed to leading his government to  deliver a mutually beneficial solution that will no longer economically strangle the Kurdistan Region of  Iraq,” said Myles B. Caggins III, APIKUR spokesman. “This solution includes resumption of oil exports  from the Kurdistan Region into the international markets with payment and contractual certainty for  western and American companies to resume operations. The export of oil is the foundation of Iraq’s  economy, and all Iraqis will benefit when full production and global sales resume from the Kurdistan  Region.” 

The full letter from APIKUR to the US Congress is available for download with this press release or  can be viewed on APIKUR’s website. 


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APIKUR’s objective and purpose is to promote the KRI as an attractive destination for international oil and gas companies, service providers and investors. In addition, APIKUR aims to advocate for and represent the common interests of its members, function as a joint and effective voice towards all relevant stakeholders whether in the KRI, or elsewhere, and provide a forum for its members to share appropriate public industry information and best practices. 


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