Tag Archives | Oil and Gas

New Oil Deal Still Under Discussion

By Simon Kent. Kurdish and Iraqi officials are still thrashing out details of a more sustainable and far reaching oil revenue and exports deal, following the resumption of federal oil exports into the Kurdish pipeline from Kirkuk. Last week, 100,000 bpd of Kirkuk crude from Baba Gorgor, Jambour and Khabbaz, three fields in the giant Kirkuk […]

Luaibi Targets More Production Ahead of OPEC Meeting

By Simon Kent.  Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar Ali al Luaibi has met with IOCs and asked them to do their utmost to increase production in Iraq’s southern fields, which has fluctuated in 2016. The announcement, relayed by Ministry of Oil spokesman Asim Jihad, comes over a month before a meeting on the 26th of September […]

Condensate and LPG Exports Continue

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil have announced that 2 cargoes, one of LPG, one of Condensate, have departed the export terminals at Basra. Iraq began exporting LPG earlier this year through its Basra Gas Company Joint Venture, a consortium of Shell, Iraq’s South Gas company and Mitsubishi as the minority stakeholder. Proceeds will […]

Oil Exports Up in July

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s oil exports have been recorded at an average of 3.28 mbpd for July, a rise from 3.18 mbpd in June. This is good news for Iraq, although a two month fall in exports due to infrastructure problems was offset by a slight increase in the price of oil. In June, a […]

Iraq and Iran Discuss Cross Border Fields Plan

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema, who is currently acting Oil Minister until Abadi’s new cabinet is finalized, has recently announced a trip to Tehran to discuss cross border oil fields. Once a controversial topic between Tehran and Baghdad, Iraq’s many cross border oil fields are now back on the agenda as sanctions […]

Air Strikes Decimate ISIS Oil Production

By Simon Kent. When Coalition aircraft began targeting ISIS oil operations last year, they did so under strict rules of engagement that were designed to minimize civilian casualties: many of those transporting the oil were deemed civilians trying to earn a living under ISIS rule. Tactics in the early days of the Tidal Wave II […]

Abdul Mahdi: Iraq to Watch non-OPEC Production

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (pictured) has spoken to Reuters regarding Iraq’s position on OPEC’s failure to agree on a production ceiling as the battle to drive out shale production continues. Abdul Mahdi said that Iraq was now looking at the “real world” and that they would have to monitor production in countries […]

Third NOC Official Assassinated

By Simon Kent. An official with the Iraqi North Oil Company has been shot dead in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Reuters reports. The murder of Hassan Salim is the third assassination of an oil official from the NOC in just four months, in an area which has been disputed by Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen since the fall of the […]

Ergil Complete Gharraf Maintainance

By Simon Kent. Turkish oil and gas services company Ergil have announced the completion of a project with Petronas, to provide pipeline maintenance via “pigging” at the Gharraf oil field in Thi Qar province. Gharraf is operated by Petronas, Japex and North Oil Company, and the services Ergil provided installing “pig launchers” and “pig receivers” […]

Gulf Keystone Announce Shaikan Milestone

By Simon Kent. Gulf Keystone have announced that the Shaikan field in the Kurdish region of Iraq (KRI) has now exceeded 15 million barrels of commercial production. According to the company, this amounts to a daily average production in excess of 40,000 barrels of oil gross. The oil is trucked to the Turkish border before […]