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Saudi Prince “asked for Iraq’s Mediation for ties with Iran”

Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji (pictured) has said that Saudi Prince Mohammad bin-Salman has “officially asked Iraq to act as a mediator between Tehran and Riyadh to reduce tensions.” According to a news agency report, Al-Araji made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli in Tehran. Referring to his […]

Gulf Keystone: Payment and Operational Update

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has confirmed that a gross payment of $15.0 million ($12.0 million net to GKP) has been received from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for Shaikan crude oil export sales for April 2017. Company’s current cash position is $140.3 million. On August 8th, cumulative production from the Shaikan field reached 40 million barrels; […]

ENKA’s Sulaymaniyah Power Plant wins Award

ENKA‘s Sulaymaniyah 1,500 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in Iraq has been recognized as the Global Best Project of 2017 by Engineering News-Record (ENR) under the Power/Industrial category. Constructed between 2013 and 2016, the plant is designed to work on two types of fuel – natural gas as the primary and diesel as the secondary […]

Investment in Healthcare is Urgently Required

Investment in healthcare is urgently required to save the lives of mothers and newborn babies in Iraq Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq’s healthcare system, and pregnant women and their babies are paying for it with their lives. Although progress has been made to lower maternal mortality rates, there […]

Panalpina wins major Iraq Contract

Panalpina, the Swiss-based provider of supply chain solutions, has won what it describes as its “largest award with a specific oil and gas major to date”. The company was awarded with a contract to manage transportation for a gas project in Iraq, for a minimum of five years, involve high air and LCL (less than […]

Atrush Production Ramping Up

By John Lee. The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has confirmed that production from the Atrush Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is expected to ramp up towards the 30,000-barrel-per-day project capacity (gross) in 2017. Oil production at Atrush started in July. TAQA is the operator of Atrush and has a 39.9% […]

Fallujah needs $2bn for Reconstruction

Fallujah city in Anbar province needs $2 billion for reconstruction, the city’s mayor said on August 10. Eissa al-Sayer told Aljournal News website that securing the amount at present would be difficult given the government’s focus on military operations against IS, adding that world donors should focus donations on service projects rather than the infrastructure. […]

IMF: “Iraq is Facing a Double Shock”

On August 1, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 Article IV consultation with Iraq. Iraq is facing a double shock arising from the conflict with ISIS and the plunge in oil prices. In 2016, real GDP increased by 11 percent owing to a 25 percent increase in oil production, which was […]

As IDPs Leave Kurdistan, Gap in Agri Labour Market Grows

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Displaced Arabs who fled to Iraqi Kurdistan were a boon for village-dwelling farmers. The farmers, who paid low wages to desperate displaced for three years, are now at a loss. […]

GardaWorld Weekly Security Report

GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments […]

PM Invites French Firms for “Mega Investment Opportunities”

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi took a phone call this week from French president Emmanuel Macron, who congratulated Dr. Al-Abadi for the triumphs achieved against Daesh. Macron stressed France’s continued commitment to support Iraq in the fight against terrorism, supporting the Iraqi government efforts to restore stability, building its institutions, and developing relations between the two […]