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Iraq Business News brings you the latest information on developments and opportunities in the oil and gas industry in Iraq.

Demand Increases for both Basrah Light and Basrah Heavy

By John Lee. The head of the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said on Tuesday that Iraq is seeing increasing demand for its Basrah Light and Basrah Heavy crudes oil grades. Falah Alamri told Reuters: “There is a lot of demand in summer, more consumption now than the beginning of the year.” He added that […]

Condensate Exports Continue

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil have announced a 20,000 m3 shipment of condensate, the third since exports began in March. It is likely that the proceeds from this sale will go to pay IOCs, who are still owed funds for contractual work, as stipulated by their Technical Service Contracts. A number of observers […]

Unaoil Claims it was Blackmailed

By John Lee. Monaco-based Unaoil , which has been accused of widespread bribery and corruption in the Iraqi oil industry, has issued a statement claiming that it has been the victim of an extortion attempt. The full statement from Unaoil follows: Unaoil can confirm it has been the victim of a four-month extortion attempt by […]

Oil Companies Warn of Development Delays

By John Lee. A senior Iraqi oil official has told Reuters that international oil companies (IOCs) have warned of delays to projects to increase its crude oil output if the Iraqi government insists on drastic spending cuts this year. Investments by IOCs are repaid with crude oil, which has become a problem since oil prices […]

IBBC Introduces Iraq to Aberdeen Chamber

Entering Iraq: IBBC and members introduce Iraq to the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Representatives from the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), members KCA Deutag and Control Risks, and UK Trade Envoy for Iraq Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, participated in a Lunch and Learn session at the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce on 13 May […]

Increased Basra Crude Exports in June

By John Lee. Iraq plans to increase its exports of crude oil from its southern region to 3.47 million bpd in June, according to a report from Reuters. If achieved, this would beating the previous record volume set in November. The increase is planned to come mainly from the Basra Heavy grade, at 900,000 bpd, […]

Audio: BBC Investigation into Iraq Oil Corruption

BBC’s File on 4 has produced a 38-minute programme on the recent allegations of corruption in the Iraqi oil industry, following the leaking of emails from Unaoil. The Monaco-based company denies that it helped companies win contracts by corrupting politicians and government officials.  Jane Deith has been given access to the leaked papers and reveals […]

Atrush Oil Field to Start Production this year

By John Lee. In its results for the first quarter of 2016, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has said that its Atrush oil project in Iraqi Kurdistan is expected to commence oil production this year with a maximum gross capacity of 30,000 barrels per day. (Source: TAQA)

New Dhi Qar Oil Company Gets $42m Capital

By John Lee. Iraq’s new Dhi Qar Oil Company (DQOC) is getting US$42 million in start-up capital following approval from the Iraqi Finance Ministry of Finance, according to a report from OilPrice. The company was spun off from the South Oil Company (SOC) in January, taking over four of its fields in Dhi Qar governorate; […]

Weatherford has “largely completed” Zubair Project

By John Lee. In its First Quarter 2016 Results, oil services company Weatherford said that it has now largely completed its Zubair project in Iraq. Net cash expenditure on the project to date amounts to $47 million. Shares in Weatherford have fallen by almost 30 percent since the results announcement. (Source: Weatherford, Yahoo!)

Wood Group Wins Two New Iraq Contracts

UK-based energy services company Wood Group has secured two new, three-year contracts, collectively valued at over $140 million, to deliver technical services and expertise to one of the world’s leading international oil companies (IOC) in Iraq. Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) will provide brownfield front end engineering design, detailed engineering, project management, procurement services, system completion […]