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Shell Signs $17bn Iraqi Gas Deal

Shell, Mitsubishi and the Iraqi government have finally signed the $17.2 billion deal on Sunday to capture flared gas at Iraq’s southern oilfields. The 25-year project is intended to boost production of badly needed electricity and reduce the environmental damage caused by flaring, as well as opening up the possibility of gas exports. It will harness […]

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Sub-Governorate Separatism in Iraq

New Examples from Dujayl and Balad. The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect […]

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Iraqi Military to get 740 US Trainers

Reuters reports that about 700 U.S. trainers, mostly civilian, will help Iraqi security forces when American troops leave, far less than the several thousand troops and contractors once under discussion between Baghdad and Washington. The number of U.S. troops and trainers to remain in Iraq was the subject of months of informal talks before President Barack […]

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Iraq signs $349m Power Deal with Greece’s Metka

Reuters reports that Iraq signed a $349 million contract with Greek power plant builder Metka, a subsidiary of the Mytilineos Group, on Wednesday. The Shat-Al-Basra Power Plant Project will be a gas-fired, 1,250-MW power plant in southern Iraq. It comprises 10 units of 125 MW each, which were purchased from General Electric in a contract […]

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British Companies Urged to Act Now at Middle East Association Iraq Conference

British companies need to move fast if they are to gain a foothold in Iraq and avoid losing out to their competitors. This was the clear message given at the Middle East Association’s ‘Iraq: Untapped Opportunities’ conference held on 22nd November at the Dorchester Hotel, London. Supported by the National Investment Commission of Iraq, UK […]

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Baghdad welcomes Emirates’ Inaugural Flight

Emirates Airlines touched down in Baghdad on Sunday, marking its first flight to the capital city of Iraq. Amongst the passengers onboard the inaugural was Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran with his special guests Sheikh Jumaa Al Maktoum, Chairman SJM Group of Companies, Salah Al Ansari, Director […]

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Iraq to Act Against ExxonMobil over KRG Contract

In the continuing row over ExxonMobil‘s contract with the Kurdistan Regional Government, Baghdad has called the deal a violation of the law. Reuters reports that Iraq’s government said it would move to end a major contract with ExxonMobil, apparently referring to the company’s multi-billion dollar contract with Iraq’s oil ministry to develop the 8.7 billion […]

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Weekly Security Update for 17th November 2011

Last week saw a notable decline in attacks in Iraq, but incidents have worsened once again over the past three days. Activity was concentrated in the central provinces, although Baghdad itself remained unusually quiet until Sunday. Conditions now appear to be returning to an unfortunate level of normality. Roadside bombings are currently the most commonly […]

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The Exxon Mobil Bombshell

The following article was published on Monday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

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Iraq and Energy: A Political Perspective

Speech by British Ambassador, Michael Aron at the Kurdistan-Iraq: Oil & Gas Conference Mr Chairman, Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to speak at Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas 2011. The timing could hardly be better.. as the country with greatest potential for increasing conventional oil production in the medium term, the […]

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