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Can Iraq curb Corruption among Customs Officials?

By Salam Zidane for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Hakem al-Zamili, has spoken out about the corruption prevailing over Iraq’s border crossings. In a press conference held Oct. 3, he stated that the state was not benefiting from […]

Gulf Keystone Petroleum receives Shaikan Payment

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) confirmed today that a gross payment of $15.0 million has been received from the Kurdistan Regional Government (“KRG”) for Shaikan crude oil export sales in August 2016. Gulf Keystone and the KRG’s Ministry of Natural Resources (“MNR”) continue to work towards agreeing the final form of the May, June, July and […]

Genel Energy Trading and Operations Update

Genel Energy plc issues the following trading and operations update in respect of Q3 2016. The information contained herein has not been audited and may be subject to further review. Murat Özgül (pictured), Chief Executive of Genel, said: “Genel has received $163 million in cash proceeds during 2016, underpinning the drilling of successful production wells […]

Could Kurdish Independence lead to New Iraq War?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In 2014, following the withdrawal of Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga troops seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Two years on and with a […]

HRW: Displaced People Can’t Move Freely

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government security authorities are unlawfully restricting the freedom of movement of displaced people in camps near Kirkuk. Despite the lack of hostilities in the area, people are not allowed to leave the camps freely. Displaced people in the Nazrawa and Laylan camps told Human […]

Iraq’s Turkmens call for Independent Province

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi Turkmens, who are citizens of Iraq with Turkish origins, have been calling for their own independent province in the Tal Afar district west of Mosul, located in the […]

WesternZagros Defers Draw Date on Debt Facility

By John Lee. WesternZagros Resources has announced that it has reached agreement with its major shareholder, Crest Energy International, to further extend the date by which the Company must deliver to Crest the first drawdown notice (the “Drawdown Deadline”) for both debt tranches. Pursuant to the terms of the Loan Agreement, Crest has agreed to […]

WesternZagros Receives $5.5m Insurance Claim

By John Lee. WesternZagros Resources  has announced that it has received US$5.5 million from an insurance claim related to the drilling program for the Hasira-1 well in Iraqi Kurdistan, where testing of the well had to be prematurely terminated in early 2015 due to a considerable influx of reservoir formation debris plugging the tubing. “The […]

Kurdish and Arab families return to Zummar

As the preparations are underway to liberate the City of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State terror group, thousands of families have returned to their villages in Zummar, Nineveh Governorate, after Kurdish forces liberated and secured the area. The High Committee to Evaluate and Respond to International Reports states that more than 2,000 Arab and […]

New Production Wells at Tawke Oil Field

By John Lee. Norwegian oil and gas operator DNO has announced the completion of three new production wells at the Tawke field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, as part of a stepped up drilling program kicked off in July 2016. The Tawke-31 well, targeting the main Cretaceous reservoir will be brought on production following […]

Lebanon to Increase Economic Cooperation with Kurdistan

The Head of KRG Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, yesterday received Lebanese Chargé D’affaires in Iraq Mr. Walid Ghoussaini. The Lebanese Chargé D’affaires gave an overview of the participation of the Lebanese companies in the economic development of the Kurdistan Region and highlighted the desire of the Lebanese companies to broaden the scope of their […]