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Assessment of KRG-Rosneft Recent Deals

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Many of my Kurdish colleagues, members of the Finance and Oil Committees in the Iraqi federal Parliament, asked for my opinion on these deals. In response to that request and due to […]

Kirkuk’s Oil to play big role in Kurdish Independence

By Kamal Chomani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After decades of waiting, the Kurds are finally set to hold a referendum on independence in the fall. Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, met June 7 with Kurdish political parties to discuss the […]

Genel Energy Receives Payment for Exports

Genel Energy has announced that the Taq Taq field partners have received a gross payment of $15.24 million from the Kurdistan Regional Government (‘KRG’) for oil sales during March 2017. Genel’s net share of the payment is $8.38 million. The payment reflects full settlement of the invoiced amount for March 2017 oil sales, and incorporates […]

WesternZagros Boosts Capacity at Garmian

By John Lee. WesternZagros Resources has announced that the operator has completed the installation of surface equipment to expand the Sarqala production facility. Current production for the Sarqala-1 well is approximately 9,500 barrels per day of oil, which is in line with the company’s first quarter guidance expectations. (Source: WesternZagros)

Many Obstacles to Kurdistan Independence Referendum

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Kurdistan faces many Obstacles to Independence Referendum Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced May 24 that it had formally informed the United Nations Security Council of its intention […]

Chinese Company wins $445m Construction Order

By John Lee. Chinese engineering company Norinco International has reportedly signed a contract with Jabal Bazian Co for General Trading [Jabal Jaber Bazian Company for General Trading] for the construction of a new cement plant in Iraq. The $445-million contract covers the plant’s production line design, purchasing, construction management, operational work as well as  administration […]

Kurds to hold Independence Referendum in Sept

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is to hold a referendum on independence on 25th September. According to BBC News, there was no immediate comment from Iraq’s central government, but it has urged Kurds not to hold a referendum. Moves towards outright independence have historically been opposed by the governments of neighbouring Iran, […]

GKP Shaikan Payment Update

By John Lee. Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has announced that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has made a gross payment of $15.0 million ($12.0 million net to GKP) for Shaikan crude export sales in February 2017. (Source: GKP)

Trade Increases after Automation of Border Crossings

By John Lee. Cross-border trade has increased 20 percent in the first three months of this year after authorities installed automatic electronic system in the main border stations in January. The manager of the Kurdistan Region Customs Service told Rudaw: “The automation process has had an immediate and relatively large impact on the overall revenues […]

Genel Energy: Taq Taq rate of decline slows

Tony Hayward (pictured), Chairman of Genel Energy, has given an update on the business at the Company’s Annual General Meeting this morning: Genel has a clear strategic focus – maximising the generation of free cash flow from our oil assets, accelerating the recovery of the receivable for unpaid oil sales, and crystallising value from the […]

Genel Co-Founder Nat Rothschild Resigns

By John Lee. Genel Energy has announced that Nathaniel Rothschild and Simon Lockett have resigned from the Board. Accordingly, they will no longer stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting of Genel Energy on 6 June 2017. Rothschild, along with form BP boss Tony Hayward, created the company in 2011 when their investment company […]

PM Barzani meets Rosneft Board

By John Lee. A delegation headed by the KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met the board of Rosneft, including CEO Igor Sechin, in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The meeting is said to have centred around cooperation between the KRG and Rosneft in the Kurdish energy sector. In February, the KRG negotiated a deal with Rosneft […]