Luaibi asks BP to Return to Kirkuk Oilfields

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] (pictured) has asked UK-based BP to develop the disputed Kirkuk oilfields. The move comes just a day after Baghdad regained control of the area from Kurdish forces. Control of the field remains split between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad’s North Oil Company […]

Genel Energy Updates on Kurdistan Operations

Genel Energy has issued a trading and operations update for Q3 2017. The information has not been audited and may be subject to further review. Murat Özgül (pictured), Chief Executive of Genel, said: “During the quarter Genel executed a landmark settlement agreement with the KRG over historical receivables, which we expect to materially enhance our […]

Petrofac Awarded Iraq PMC from PetroChina

Petrofac has been awarded a contract, valued at around US$30 million, to undertake Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services for the Halfaya Contract Area (Halfaya) in southern Iraq. Working in support of PetroChina International Iraq FZE (PetroChina), as the lead operator of Halfaya, Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) East business will undertake project management services […]

Rosneft, KRG Agree on Oil Cooperation

Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft and the Government of the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq signed the documents required to put into force Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with respect to five production blocks located in the Kurdish Autonomous Region. The share of Rosneft Group Subsidiaries in PSA will be 80%, the amount of payments for […]

How Turkey’s Nuclear Plant could curb KRG Ambitions

By Dr. Olgu Okumuş for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On Sept. 28, when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan jointly stated their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, they also made a point of stressing their […]

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, conducting seven strikes consisting of eight engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, […]

Investment Opportunity at State Glass Company

By John Lee. The State Company for Glass & Refractories Industry (SCG&R), one of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals (MIM) companies, has announced an following investment opportunity at the following factories: Rehabilitation & operation of Ceramic Wall Tiles Factory Rehabilitation & operation of Ceramic Floor Tiles Factory Rehabilitation & operation of Ceramic Sanitary Ware […]

Triple Canopy Pays $2.6m to Settle False Claims Suit

US-based security company Triple Canopy has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle civil False Claims Act allegations that the company submitted false claims for payment to the Department of Defense for unqualified security guards stationed in Iraq. “Contractors must be held accountable for their actions, especially when the safety of government personnel is at […]

Iran “Playing No Role in Iraq’s Kirkuk Operation”

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior member of Iran’s Expediency Council, rejected the notion that the Islamic Republic helped the central government in neighboring Iraq to take full control over the disputed region of Kirkuk, which was previously held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. “Iran has no role in the Kirkuk operation,” Velayati told reporters on the […]

Iranian Universities enter Iraq

By Zep Kalb for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In the aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country’s educational system all but collapsed. Illiteracy rates have exploded. Universities have turned into sectarian battlegrounds. Systemic violence — including beatings, rape and […]

Turkmens unite against Kurdish Designs on Kirkuk

By Hamdi Malik for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Sept. 25 referendum, in which voters overwhelmingly voted for independence for Iraqi Kurdistan, increased the division between the Turkmen and Kurdish populations in the disputed city of Kirkuk. But Turkmens believe the Kurdish […]

Assessing the Impact of Shifting Iran-KRG Relations

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq have historically been on good terms. During the Saddam Hussein years, Iran was one of the main countries to host Kurdish leaders. In the post-Saddam […]