Chevron Resumes Drilling in Kurdistan

By John Lee. Chevron has reportedly announced that it had resumed drilling operations at the Sarta-3 well in Iraqi Kurdistan. The US company temporarily suspended operations in October following the controversial independence referendum, which increased tensions between Baghdad and Erbil. According to Kurdistan 24, it currently operates and holds an 80-percent contractor interest in two […]

Abadi says Laws will Protect Foreign Investors

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has promised to crack down on corruption, and says laws will protect nervous foreign investors. He told CNBC: “We are laying down all the legal framework … I think the worry is corruption, number one, which is hiding behind red tape and bureaucracy. We have established a higher […]

Baghdad keen to Restart Oil Exports through Turkey

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] is to visit Turkey this week to discuss expanding cooperation in the oil and energy sector. Among the topics for discussion will be the possible restarting of oil exports via the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured), and the export the Iraqi oil “by SOMO company […]

Kirkuk Council reportedly files Oil case against Iraq Govt

Kirkuk Governorate Council has reportedly filed a complaint at the Iraqi Supreme Court against the federal government for taking unilateral steps on the governorate’s oil. A press report on February 19 cited three moves that it said Baghdad has taken without consultation with local government: An agreement with British Petroleum (BP) to develop Kirkuk oil […]

Iraq Delegation to Visit Turkey over Water Dispute

By John Lee. An Iraqi government delegation is planning to visit Turkey to discuss environmental concerns over Turkey’s Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. Iraqi Water Resources Minister Hassan al-Janabi (pictured) recently commented: “All regions of Iraq face the danger of water scarcity.” The amount of water in key Iraqi rivers has reportedly fallen by […]

Natural Gas Must Be an Asset for Iraq

By Alessandro Bacci. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On February 27-28, 2018, the C.W.C. Group, an energy and infrastructure conference, exhibition and training company, will organize in Berlin, Germany, the twelfth edition of Iraq Petroleum, which is one of the major […]

Price of Iranian Goods Falls 30% in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. A sharp fall in the value of the Iranian rial has reportedly reduced the price of Iranian goods in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by 30 percent, boosting demand. According to Rudaw, trade between the Kurdistan Region and Iran amounted to $6 billion in 2016, falling to around $5.05 billion in 2017. […]

Stock Market Up 25% since End-October

Advertising Feature Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 15th Feb 2018). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at IQD951 (+2.7%) / $991 (+2.7%) (weekly change) (+17.2% and +18.6% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded […]

Iraq Receives First Batch of Russian T-90 Tanks

Iraq has received the first batch of Russian-made T-90 battle tanks as part of a purchase agreement signed last year, according to an Iraqi Defence Ministry spokesman. “The first batch of Russian tanks arrived on February 15 at Umm Qasr Port – they have since been transported to Baghdad via the city of Basra”. The […]

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 […]

KRG pays Genel under Receivable Settlement Agreement

Genel Energy plc has announced that it has received an override payment of $7.05 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The payment represents 4.5% of Tawke gross field revenues for the month of November 2017, as per the terms of the Receivable Settlement Agreement.  Taken together with the monthly entitlement payments for Taq Taq […]