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Unlocking Natural Gas in the Iraq Kurdistan Region (IKR)

Past Event

June 30, 2022

9:00 am - 10:00 am utc

The Iraq Kurdistan Region (IKR) is one of the few potential pipeline exporters to Europe that could increase natural gas supplies substantially in the next 2-3 years. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and continuing sanctions on Iran, the IKR could potentially boost supply quantity and diversity.

The IKR holds most of Iraq’s discovered non-associated gas reserves. Production has advanced recently but there is further scope for major gains in output, technically up to 40 billion cubic meters (BCM) per year by the mid-2030s, as well as from capturing currently flared gas associated with oil production. This potential additional gas could be used to support more reliable power and industrial energy to the people of the IKR. It could also be used to replace polluting oil-based fuels, save more than 10 million tons per year of CO2 emissions, and potentially allow supplies to non-IKR Iraq, Turkey and Europe. Development of these resources could also support economic and social development.

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a webinar to present the results of a recent U.S. Department of Energy-supported study which aims to assist the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in developing a commercially-robust and environmentally-sound gas market. The panel discussed the commercial and political attractions and challenges to realizing these aims.


  • Robin Mills, Non-Resident Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA; and CEO, Qamar Energy


  • Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Region Representative to the United States
  • Jim Jewell, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of International Affairs
  • Mohammad Makkawi, Managing Director, Kurdistan Operations, Crescent-Dana Gas


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June 24, 2024 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am edt

GIIGNL Annual Report 2024 Since the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, the global gas market has witnessed considerable changes. This is particularly the case for the global...

Webinar • Zoom Webinar
GIIGNL Annual Report 2024
January 30, 2024 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm est

Student Roundtable and Lunch with Hendrik Gordenker

This roundtable is open only to currently enrolled Columbia University students.  Japan is a country with substantial energy demand but limited energy resources. After the March 2011 tsunami...

Event • CGEP Large Conference Room
1255 Amsterdam Ave Floor 1, New York, NY 10027
Student Roundtable and Lunch with Hendrik Gordenker
December 5, 2023 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm est

Artificial Intelligence for Energy: AI and the Oil and Gas Sector Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for this discussion series on how the application of Artificial...

Webinar • Zoom Webinar
Artificial Intelligence for Energy: AI and the Oil and Gas Sector
July 14, 2022 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

IEA Gas Market Report Q3 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated the tightening supply of natural gas, which has been underway since mid-2021, further pushing up prices for consumers and leading to fuel...

Event • Zoom Webinar
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