Officials said the Kurdish Regional Government has set a goal to reach
one million barrels per day by 2016. They said the first stage of oil
production would reach 200,000 barrels per day by 2012.
"In the space of four years we have increased production from a standing
start to about 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this year," KRG Natural
Resources Ministry adviser Saad Sadollah said.
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"We are on track for our, I
guess, ambition of reaching one million barrel per day by 2015 and we
believe we have the investments and the ability to achieve that."
In an address to a conference in Irbil, Sadollah said Kurdistan, with
more than 40 exploration wells, could reach total energy reserves of 45
billion barrels of oil and up to 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. He
said energy development would be accompanied by the expansion of
Kurdistan's support infrastructure, including refineries.