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

Unaoil takes Legal Action Against UK SFO

By John Lee. Monaco-based Unaoil, which has been implicated in an international bribery scandal, has launched legal action against the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), alleging that it has unlawfully misused its powers. The SFO is currently conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its employees and its agents in […]

Iraq Oil Exports Break Record

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has said that total oil exports for November have reached a record high of 4.051 million bpd. The figure is made up of 3.407 million bpd from the southern oilfields, 64,000 bpd from Kirkuk, and 580,000 bpd exported from fields controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The Ministry […]

KRG Signs Oil Audit Deal with EY

The Kurdistan Regional Government signed an agreement with the multinational professional services firm, EY (Ernst & Young), to audit oil and gas processes in the Kurdistan Region. During the signing ceremony on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani described the agreement as an important step by the Kurdistan Regional Government to be more transparent in the […]

Shell “Considering Selling” Iraq Oil Assets

By John Lee. Shell is reported to be considering selling its oil fields in Iraq, as part of a global $30-billion asset disposal program. The move follows the company’s $54-billion acquisition of gas company BG Group earlier this year. Industry sources told Reuters that Shell has found only limited financial benefits in recent years from […]

KRG opens new Oilfield Services Registration System

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has announced that the new online Oilfield Services Company (OSC) registration and Approved Vendor List (AVL) listing system, hosted by the MNR Portal, is now open for applications. Having successfully completed an eight-week pilot, the MNR invites OSCs wishing to provide services to operators in the […]

Lukoil updates on West Qurna-2

By John Lee. In its third-quarter and nine-month results announced on Monday, Russia’s Lukoil reports that its capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2016 were 19.1 percent lower than in the corresponding period of 2015. This decrease partly attributed to moving to the maintenance oil production stage at the West Qurna-2 project in […]

Luaibi “Reshuffles Oil Ministry”

By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] is reported to be reshuffling senior officials within the Ministry of Oil. The Deputy minister of upstream operations, Fayadh al-Nema, will become deputy minister for refining operations, replacing Dhiaa al-Mousawi [Dhia Jaffar] who is being made an adviser at the Ministry. An official who declinined […]

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Restrata, Agility train Iraq’s Oil and Gas Workers

By John Lee. Restrata, a global player in consultancy and training services, has reportedly partnered with UAE-based logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP). British-owned and UAE-headquartered, Restrata was created with the mission to build client resilience and optimize operations through effective management […]

Iraq considers building Oil Refinery in Pakistan

By John Lee. According to a report from Radio Pakistan, Iraq wants to build an oil refinery at Pakistan’s Gwadar Port. Iraqi Ambassador Dr. Ali Yassin Mohammad Karim is said to have discussed the issue with Pakistan’s Minister for Ports and Shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, at a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday. The development […]

Oil Minister, PetroChina discuss Gas Investment

By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] has met with the Middle East head of PetroChina, Mr. Shaw Jian Vying, and his entourage. They discussed cooperation and development of the oil industry in Iraq. They also reviewed the new plans to raise the production and invest in gas at Halfaya oil field in […]