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Shell Demands Oil Ministry to Sign Gas Contracts

British–Dutch firm, Shell, demanded the Iraqi Oil Ministry to sign the gas investment final contract. “The Ministry delays signing the contract,” Malik Nouri, Shell’s representative in Basra, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday. He said that the contract is extremely important to Iraq, because it brings big amounts of funding to the country.

Gulfsands Gets Approval to Develop Syrian Oil Field

Oil and gas explorer Gulfsands Petroleum Plc (GPX.L) said it received government approval to develop the Yousefieh oil field in Syria. The company, which has operations in Syria, Iraq and the United States, said it got a production license of 25 years for the Yousefieh oil field in Block 26 North East Syria, with the […]

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Angola’s Sonangol Finalizes Oilfield Deals

Iraq signed final contracts with Angolan state oil company Sonangol on Tuesday to develop the Qayara and Najmah oilfields. Qayara has reserves of some 800 million barrels and Najmah 900 million. Both are in the violent Nineveh province in Iraq’s north, where Sunni Islamist insurgents like al Qaeda remain active almost seven years after the […]

Meeting in Basra on Development of al-Qarna Oilfield

Basra Governor, Shaltagh Aboud al-Mayah, held talks on Monday with Russia’s giant oil company Lukoil and its Norwegian ally Statoil on facilitating their work in the development of al-Qarna oilfield. “Talks were also centered on the need to use Iraqi workers in Basra, and especially in al-Qarna region,” al-Mayah told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The […]

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Iraq Completes Deal with Oil Giants Exxon Mobil, Shell

Iraq’s oil ministry on Monday completed a major deal with US major Exxon Mobil and Anglo-Dutch giant Shell to develop production at West Qurna-1, the war-torn country’s second biggest field. “The oil ministry signed the contract for West Qurna-1 with Exxon Mobil and Shell,” ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said in a statement. “This contract will […]

West Qurna Deal in the Bag

US super major ExxonMobil and its Anglo-Dutch peer Shell, today signed a final contract for the development of Iraq’s 8.7-billion-barrel West Qurna Phase One oilfield The partners, who will work with an Iraqi state-run oil company, won the right to develop the super giant field in negotiations with the Oil Ministry last year following Iraq’s […]

Oil Company near Settling over Contract in Kurdistan

A Norwegian oil producer announced Monday that it would probably have to pay between $12 million to $144 million in an upcoming arbitration settlement to the former American diplomat Peter W. Galbraith and a Yemeni businessman. Mr. Galbraith, who helped negotiators in the Kurdish regional government figure out how oil revenues are shared under the […]

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DNO Provides Update on Kurdistan Arbitration Proceedings

As previously reported DNO Iraq AS (DNOI), a subsidiary of DNO International ASA (DNO) is involved in arbitration proceedings related to certain third party interests in Kurdistan. Such third parties were not approved to be part of nor have any rights in the Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) signed by DNOI following the reviews which were […]

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Shell to Look Beyond Tar Sands

Royal Dutch Shell’s expansion in Canada’s controversial tar sands will be “very much slower” than in recent years, the company’s new chief executive has said, as the group makes a strategic shift away from high-cost “unconventional” oil production. Peter Voser, who took over at Europe’s second-largest oil and gas group in July, told the Financial […]

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Oil Tanks Built at Najaf Refinery to Boost Reserves

Several oil tanks of different sizes are currently being built at the Najaf refinery to increase its reserves, an informed source said on Sunday. “Work is currently underway to build 12 tanks…,” the director of the refinery, Layth Abdulrasool al-Gharawi, said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The project will increase the […]

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Deputy PM, Italian Envoy Discuss Development of Oilfield, Big Faw Port

Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Rafie al-Issawi met with the Italian ambassador to discuss the development of al-Zubeir oilfield and the construction of the Big Faw Port. “The meeting tackled the progress of work by the Italian ENI company in the development of al-Zubeir oilfield,” according to a statement released by Issawi’s office and received by […]

Iraq’s Oil Revenues Up by $300m in Dec. 2009

Iraq’s oil revenues went up by $300 million during the last month of 2009 to hit $4.499 billion through the sale of 61.3 million barrels at a rate of $73.39 per barrel, the Iraqi oil ministry announced on Saturday. “Crude oil exports rose in December 2009 compared to November 2009 during which 57 million barrels […]

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