Tag Archives | North Oil Company (NOC)

Last Oil-Well Fire at Qayara Extinguished

By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] has announced that the last remaining oil fire at the Qayara oil field has been extinguished. The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) had sabotaged 34 of the 50 wells at Qayara, setting 18 of them on fire. The Minister expressed his gratitude to […]

Conflict over Kirkuk Oil Returns

By Omar Sattarfor Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On March 2, a military force affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by former President Jalal Talabani seized the North Oil Company in Kirkuk province. The military […]

Oil Ministry “Unaware” of Kirkuk Oil Deal

By John Lee. A spokesperson of the Iraqi oil ministry has told Rudaw that the Ministry is not aware of any agreement between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to end disputes over oil production and exports from the disputed Kirkuk oil fields. Reuters quoted PUK deputy chief Kosrat Rasul […]

Bombs target Bai Hassan Oil Pipeline

By John Lee. Reuters reports that four bombs caused damage and fire on Saturday near a minor pipeline that delivers crude oil from the Bai Hassan oilfield to a degassing station in Kirkuk. Sources at the state-run North Oil Company (NOC) told the news agency that pumping had already been halted at the time of […]

3 Killed in blast at Bai Hassan Oilfield

By John Lee. At least three people have been killed while seven others were injured when an oil tank exploded at the Bai Hassan oilfield on Monday. A spokesman for the North Oil Company (NOC) said the blast occurred during a welding operation. (Source: TBP)

Sonangol told to Return to Iraq

By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] has told the Angolan oil company Sonangol to resume its work in developing the Qayara and Najmah oil fields in Nineveh governorate. In 2010 Sonangol was granted a 75-percent stake in the fields, along with North Oil Company (25%), at a price of $6.00 per barrel, […]

Baghdad Denies New Oil Export Agreement with Erbil

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has denied that there is any new agreement between Baghdad and Erbil regarding the export of crude oil. In a statement issued on Monday, the ministry confirms that “the last agreement is still active … [and it] includes the budgets of the last two years in addition to […]

Kirkuk Pipeline hit by ‘Technical Defect’

A pipeline pumping around 90,000 bpd from a field near Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured) via Kurdistan reportedly stopped operations on Monday morning due to a “technical defect“. North Oil Company (NOC) sources told Reuters on Wednesday that maintenance teams are working to repair the pipeline, which is expected to resume operations within […]

Baghdad wants to take back Kirkuk Oil Fields

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has said it will try to retake full control of all Kirkuk oilfields that were administered by the North Oil Company (NOC) before the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) entered Iraqi territories, and “before the Peshmerga forces seized some oil wells during the previous government.” It […]

Explosions hit Two Oil Wells in Kirkuk

By John Lee. Explosions have been reported at two oil wells near territory controlled by the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) in northern Iraq on Wednesday. Production was halted at the Khabbaz oilfield, 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, in a region under control of the Kurdish peshmerga forces, according to Reuters. […]

Baghdad Halts Kirkuk Oil Exports via KRI

By John Lee. Iraq Oil Report, citing Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi [Adil Abd Al-Mahdi], says Baghdad has stopped oil exports through the Kurdish region, to put pressure the Kurdistan Regional Government to resume talks about sharing oil revenues. Sources confirmed to Reuters that the state-run North Oil Company (NOC) has stopped pumping oil […]

KRG Exported 602k bpd Oil in January

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has published its monthly export report for January 2016. The KRG exported 18,656,131 barrels of crude oil (an average of 601,811 barrels per day (bpd)) in the month of January through the Kurdistan pipeline network to the port of Ceyhan in Turkey. Of this amount, fields operated by the KRG […]