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GKP Receives Further Payment from KRG

By John Lee. Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has confirmed that a gross payment of $19.7 million ($15.5 million net to GKP) has been received from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for Shaikan crude oil sales during March 2018. (Source: GKP)

Kirkuk-Baiji-Baghdad Pipeline Opens

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] (pictured) has announced that the Kirkuk-Baiji-Baghdad pipeline is now operational. According to a statement from the Ministry, the 16-inch crude oil pipeline was completed in record time. Running for 180 kilometers, the pipeline will supply the refineries of Baiji and Daura, and the Quds […]

Chevron signs Contracts with Iraqi Oil Companies

By John Lee. The US oil company Chevron has signed an agreement with Iraq’s Basra Oil Company (BOC) and Dhi Qar Oil Company (DQOC) to provide expertise and services, including seismic surveys, to the Iraqi companies. Assim Jihad, Spokesman for the Ministry of Oil, said the Ministry aims to sign more memorandums of understanding with […]

Oil Ministry makes first Direct Shipment of Crude

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has made its first direct shipment of crude oil since 1991. The two-million barrel shipment was made via its subsidiary company, the Iraqi Oil Tankers Company (IOTC). It will be delivered to a US-based customer of the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). (Source: Ministry of Oil)

Confusion over Iran-Iraq Oil Swap

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] (pictured) has contradicted a recent report originating from Iran’s oil ministry news agency Shana, claiming that the Iran-Iraq oil swap had started. Reuters quotes the minister as saying that implementation of the agreement has been delayed due to “logistical issues“. (Source: Reuters)

Disputed Election Results Threaten Conflict in Kirkuk

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On May 30, the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq annulled votes cast at more than 1,000 of the country’s polling stations, including 186 stations in Kirkuk, a city […]

Iran Starts Oil Swap with Iraq’s Kirkuk

Iran started swapping oil with Iraq’s Kirkuk on Sunday, after the two neighbours sorted out the logistic issues that were preventing the swap’s startup. According to the CIF-based swap deal, Iran receives 30,000 to 60,000 bpd of oil from the Kirkuk oil fields in northern Iraq to an Iranian refinery across the border via tanker […]

Crescent signs Initial Contracts to Develop 3 Blocks

By John Lee. UAE-based Crescent Petroleum has signed the initial contracts to develop the oil fields of Gilabat-Qumar (in Diyala), Khashim Ahmer-Injana (in Diyala), and Khudher Al-Mai [Khider al-Mai] (in Basra and Muthana). Mr. Abd Allah Al-Kadhi, the head of exploration and production in the company, said that production will start after three years. The […]

Oil Exports Rise in May

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced final oil exports for May of 108,194,920 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.490 million barrels per day (bpd), an increase from the 3.340bpd exported in April. These exports were entirely from the southern terminals, with no exports registered from Kirkuk via Ceyhan. Revenues for the […]

Al-Kask Refinery re-starts Production

By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] (pictured) has announced that the re-construction and rehabilitation of the first unit of the Al-Kask refinery in Ninawa is complete. The facility can process 10,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). Work is continuing to finish the second unit, which also has a capacity of […]

Oil Ministry Finalises Export Figures for April

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced final oil exports for April of 100,197,197 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.340 million barrels per day (bpd), a slight increase from the 3.453 bpd exported in March. These exports were entirely from the southern terminals, with no exports registered from Kirkuk via Ceyhan. […]

Genel Energy Confirms KRG Payment

Genel Energy notes the announcement from DNO ASA, as operator of the Tawke PSC, that the Tawke partners have received $47.23 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government (‘KRG’) as payment for February 2018 crude oil deliveries to the export market from the Tawke licence. Genel’s net share of the payment is $11.81 million. The Taq […]