With 200 trillion cubic feet (5.67 trillion cubic metres) of recoverable natural gas bordering the Eurasian energy axis, the Kurdistan Region is at an energy crossroads. Once domestic gas demands for electricity and the industrial sector have been met, the remaining gas will find its way to the international market via a comprehensive transportation pipeline network.
Various gas fields are now being developed, and central gas processing facilities are being built. A domestic gas pipeline network is being built to supply gas to various power plants and potential industrial zones in Kurdistan. The domestic gas pipeline network will also connect a number of gas fields to a future main gas export pipeline.
A 176-kilometre pipeline already takes gas from the Khor Mor field to power generation plants in Erbil and Suleimaniah and to Khurmala. A 30-kilometre interconnector pipeline from Summail field to Duhok power plant is under construction, so that the plant, which is currently running on diesel/light fuel, will run on gas by early 2014.
By 2016, large volumes of gas are expected to flow through a Kurdistan Region export pipeline to Turkey, at the Fish Khabur border.