Kurdish official figures include two disputed fields in Kirkuk Iraqi ministry counts Bai Hassan and Avana fields as its own Iraq’s Kurds say their oil production in September was 290,000 barrels a day lower than the federal government’s figures for the semi-autonomous region, as OPEC’s second-biggest member tries to resolve accounting differences with the producer group over its output. Iraq’s central government says its crude oil output is several hundred thousand barrels a day higher than market analysts and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries acknowledge. It published a rare breakdown of its September production data this week to support its figures. The disagreement over the figures, which would determine the size of any cuts by OPEC members, threatens to derail talks to limit the group’s output. Fields operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government produced an average of 531,000 barrels a day in September, Michael Howard, an adviser to […]