Archive | 18th December 2011

Exxon to Pounce on Gulf Keystone?

ExxonMobil is reportedly considering an $11 billion takeover of Kurdistan-focused explorer Gulf Keystone Petroleum. Reuters, citing the Independent on Sunday newspaper, said that Exxon is considering making an estimated 800 pence per share bid for the British company, which has made huge oil finds Iraqi Kurdistan. Neither company could be reached for comment by Reuters […]

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ShaMaran Finishes Testing at Pulkhana-9

ShaMaran Petroleum has issued an operational update on the Pulkhana-9ST2 geological sidetrack: The Pulkhana-9 original hole reached a Total Depth (“TD”) of 2333 meters in the Cretaceous Balambo formation. A comprehensive testing program of six well tests (“DST”) recovered oil from four separate reservoir intervals, including two new reservoirs that predrilling had not been recognised […]

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Sweden Enhances Presence in Iraqi Kurdistan

In an effort to enhance cooperation and trade relations with the Kurdistan Region, the Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Mr Göran Hägglund, visited the region with a business delegation this week. During his visit, Sweden announced that it will upgrade its diplomatic presence from an honorary consulate to an Embassy Office. The visit […]

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Iraq Stock Market Report

Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 15th December 2011). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at ID1,500 / $1,664, +2.6%. The number of weekly traded shares was 11.5 bn and the weekly trading volume was ID30.4bn […]

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Iraqi Inflation Reported at 5%

The Statistics Department of Iraq’s Ministry of Planning reported on Sunday that that prices rose by 5% for the period November 2010 to November 2011, according to Aswat al-Iraq. Monthly inflation was “increased by 0.1%”. The report concentrated on the commodities and services for consumption, including foodstuffs, beverages, clothes, shoes, housing, fuels (benzene, gasoline), household […]


Towards Full Political Disintegration in Iraq?

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

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EIC O&G Trade Mission to Basra – Deadline Approaching

The EIC is organising an oil and gas trade mission to Basra in Iraq. Missioners will have the opportunity to attend organised group meetings with key local players, as well as incorporating a briefing meeting presented by qualified speakers with in-market experience and the opportunity to meet with local companies. Why Iraq? As Iraq works […]

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