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S. Korea Eager to Support Iraq

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has received in his office the South Korea Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kang Hoin, and his delegation, to discuss cooperation in transportation, training, energy and infrastructure. Minister Hion expressed his eagerness to support Iraq in its post-Daesh development program, adding that because South Korea has the […]

S Korea keen to Improve Ties with Iraq

By John Lee. South Korea’s Acting President and Prime Minister has asked for Iraq’s cooperation in bolstering economic cooperation. During a meeting with Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari in Seoul on Monday, Hwang Kyo-ahn (pictured) said: “The two countries have developed their cooperative ties based on a long history of cooperation and a mutually complementary […]

South Oil Company takes over Oxy’s stake in Zubair

By John Lee. The South Oil Company (SOC) has officially taken over the stake in the Zubair oil field formerly held by US-based Occidental Petroleum, which has withdrawn from the project. Repressentatives of Italy’s Eni and the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) signed the agreement along with the Ministry of Oil. Mr. Laith Al-Shaher, the director general […]

KNOC drops Sangaw South Project

By John Lee. The Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is to withdraw from the Sangaw South oil field project in Iraqi Kurdistan. A spokesman for the company told Reuters that exploration results were “uneconomic.” A Korean consortium headed by KNOC holds 60 percent of the project, with half of that owned by KNOC. KNOC has […]

Daewoong Pharma to Export Drugs to Iraq

By John Lee. South Korea’s Daewoong Pharmaceutical has signed a US$25-million contract with Ibn Cina Drug Stores to supply six products to Jordan and Iraq. According to the Korea Herald, the local partner will distribute: Ursa, for liver function improvement; Orlostar, for high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia; Easyef for diabetic foot ulcer; Daewoong pitavastatin calcium […]

Karbala Refinery Project “Halted … Solvency Concerns”

By John Lee. Work on a the $6-billion Karbala Refinery Project has reportedly been suspended. According to Korea Times, the work has been halted “due to the Iraqi government’s late construction payment, raising concerns about its solvency.” The Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) contractor for the Karbala Refinery Project is HDGSK, a South Korean joint […]

Kogas to Sell Stake in Akkas Field

By John Lee. According to a report from Platts, South Korea’s state-owned Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) plans to sell a 47 percent stake in its 100 percent-controlled Akkas gas field. The company is under pressure from the Korean government to reduce its debts. The project was originally awarded to a consortium of Kogas and KazMunaiGas […]

Korea Offers Extra $1m for Iraqi Refugees

By John Lee. Yonhap news agency reports that South Korea has offered an additional $1 million in aid to Iraqi refugees. This brings South Korea’s total so far this year to $6 million, which has been offered through various international organizations such as UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and […]

Dhi Qar Signs MoU with Korean Firms for Infrastructure

The local government in Dhi Qar province has signed a memorandum of understanding with a number of Korean companies in various fields, notably investment, infrastructure, and construction of residential complexes. The head of Dhi Qar province Council, Hamid Naeem Gizi said in a statement: “After series of meetings with a group of Korean companies , […]