Iraq exports first natural gas shipment in its history

March 20, 2016 12:52 PM

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BAGHDAD – A government spokesman says Iraq has exported the first shipment of natural gas condensate in its history, a key development for the OPEC member struggling to feed a cash-strapped economy amid an expensive fight against the Islamic State group.

Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad says a gas carrier sailed Sunday from the southern port of Umm Qasr with a cargo of about 10,000 standard cubic feet of gas in the form of condensates. Jihad wouldn't reveal how much the cargo is worth or the buyer.

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