Kurdish Prime Minister to Release Oil Documents

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s prime minister promised Kurdish parliamentarians during a meeting on Wednesday to allow them access to all documents related to the KRG’s controversial oil contracts, exports and revenues, said the head of the major opposition group in Kurdistan parliament. In a meeting intended to mend fences with opposition groups in the parliament, […]

Heritage Oil Up Slightly on Results

Shares in Heritage Oil, which is actively drilling in Iraqi Kurdistan, were up 1.3% this morning following the announcement of interim results: HERITAGE OIL ANNOUNCES 2010 INTERIM RESULTS Heritage Oil Plc (LSE: HOIL), an independent upstream exploration and production company, announces the publication of its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010. […]

Iran to Claim $1 Trillion War Reparations from Iraq?

Debate is raging in Iran regarding the issue of claiming reparations from Iraq in relation to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Earlier this month, a member of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament), Eivaz Heidarpour, who is also a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that Iran could claim compensation from […]

America’s New Ambassador to Iraq

America’s new ambassador to Iraq, James Jeffrey, arrived in Baghdad last week and presented his diplomatic credentials to President Jalal Talabani. He replaces Christopher Hill, who retired after a 16-month stint in the post, and a 33-year career in the diplomatic service. Unlike Hill, Jeffrey already has wide experience in this part of the world, […]

Weekly Security Update for 26th Aug 2010

National Overview The total number of hostile incidents reported nationally increased for the third week in a row, seeing a significant rise in the number of recorded incidents in Baghdad and slight rises in the north and north central regions. The west and south east regions remained the same, in terms of numbers of incidents, […]

$4m of Gas Wasted Daily in Basra

A senior official at Shell  said that Iraq is losing $50 dollars per second, more than $4 million a day, as a result of flaring the gas associated with oil production in the province of Basra. The company’s Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa, Mounir Bouaziz, reportedly said his company was currently awaiting […]

Refinery Boss Resigns Following Threats

Dr. Ali al-Obaidi, who has been in charge of Iraq’s Baiji refinery since 2007, has reportedly resigned from his position, having successfully slashed the level of theft from the facility. He had initially been installed as part of a joint U.S.-Iraqi corruption crisis team. According to Iraq Oil Report, the man credited with reducing theft […]

Basra International Oil & Gas Conference

Basra International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition 25–28 November 2010 International Exhibition Center, Basra – IRAQ Our participants has passed 100! Why Exhibit Have a key role in rebuilding of Iraqi Oil & Gas Sector. Build a network of new and productive business contacts and establish local partnerships which is important to do business in […]

Chinese Cars, French Trucks to be Assembled in Iraq

Aswat al-Iraq reports that the Iraqi Industry Ministry has reached agreement with a Chinese producer to assemble 10,000 Chinese cars in Iraq. The ministry is also currently in negotiations with a French producer to assemble trucks in Iraq. IBN believes the truck-maker to be Renault. “This should be the first step toward establishing an automotive […]

Zeros Will Not be Removed from Iraqi Currency

There has been much speculation in recent months that the Iraqi dinar would be re-based, knocking off the last three zeros. The lastest news is that Iraq will not in fact remove the zeros from its currency, because it will not resolve inflation and will create opportunities for corruption, reports AKnews, citing a senior source […]