GardaWorld Weekly Security Report

GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments […]

Iraq to Shut Down Internet to Stop Exam Cheats

By John Lee. The Iraqi government is reportedly temporarily suspend internet connections across the country to stop school pupils cheating during exams. According to media reports, this is the third consecutive year that this will happen. The internet is expected to be blocked for two hours each morning during the two-week exam period. (Sources: Al […]

GKP Shares Gain following Update

Shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP), operator of the Shaikan Field in Iraqi Kurdistan, were trading up 10 percent on Friday after the company issued an operational and corporate update. Highlights Agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (“KRG”) Ministry of Natural Resources (“MNR”) and MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas plc (“MOL”) has been reached in […]

Oryx: Successful Appraisal Well at Banan Field

Oryx Petroleum Announces Successful Appraisal Well at the Banan field Oryx Petroleum has announced an update on the drilling of an appraisal well targeting the Tertiary reservoir at the Banan field in the Hawler license area in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As at December 31, 2017, 26 million barrels (“bbl”) of unrisked gross (100%) […]

Petrel Resources takes €4.1m Impairment on Iraq

By John Lee. Irish-based Petrel Resources has taken a €4.1 million impairment of its investment in Iraq: “In August 2013, Petrel did a deal with Amira in Iraq whereby, for US$500,000 in cash plus 18,947,368 initial consideration shares (which were to be locked-in until spudding of the first oil well by our partners), Petrel acquired […]

New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: Programme Officer, UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services Information Management Officer (Child Protection), UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund Information Management Officer (Education), UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund Mechanical Technician/Operator, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Temporary Resident Program Manager, National Democratic […]

New Career Opportunities in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan: Junior-Berater Stabilisierung der Lebensgrundlagen, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Information Management Associate (ETC), WFP – World Food Programme IT Solutions Associate (Beneficiary Services for Partners), WFP – World Food Programme Security Assistant, WFP – World Food Programme International Value Chain Specialist, […]

Supreme Court Confirms Election Re-Count

By John Lee. Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court has reportedly upheld a law mandating a nationwide recount of the votes from May’s parliamentary election, which had been ordered following claims from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that there had been serious violations. The court has also ruled that the cancellation of votes from people overseas, the displaced, […]

Exxon Out of Desalination Project

By John Lee. Talks between ExxonMobil and Iraq on the multi-billion-dollar Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP) have reportedly broken down. According to Reuters, the director general of the Basra Oil Company (BOC) told reporters that the BOC will award the contract through a tender process, which it expects to complete at the end of July. […]

Genel, DNO, receive KRG Payment for March

By John Lee. Genel Energy and DNO have said that the Tawke partners have received $62.19 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as payment for March 2018 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. Genel’s net share of the payment is $15.52 million. The Taq Taq partners have received a […]