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Baghdad denies Russian Claims regarding KRG Oil Deals

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has denied reports that Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed Russian oil companies’ operations in Iraqi Kurdistan with the Iraqi prime minister or oil minister during his trip to Iraq. Novak had been quoted as saying that Baghdad had no problems with Russian companies doing business with the […]

New Oil & Gas Blocks to be offered

By John Lee. Iraq has invited international oil companies (IOCs) to bid for contracts to explore and develop nine new oil and gas blocks. The blocks are along the borders with Iran and Kuwait, with one located in the territorial waters. According to Reuters, the bidding terms will be finalised by the end of May, […]

BP, Eni “interested in Majnoon Oilfield”

By John Lee. Reuters has reported that both BP and Eni have expressed an interest in developing the giant Majnoon oilfield, which Shell plans to exit next year. Iraqi oil officials told the news agency that Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has not yet started negotiations with either company. BP is currently developing the Rumaila field, […]

Baghdad hits back at Rosneft/KRG Deal

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has hit back at Rosneft‘s recent decision to enter a production-sharing deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) without its approval. In a statement, the Ministry warned: “The ministry of oil warns seriously all the countries and oil companies from contracting or dealing with any authority inside Iraq […]

Important Oil Projects — Dubious, Non-Transparent Contracts

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Developing Border Oilields and Utilizing Associated Natural Gas: Important Projects, Dubious and Non-Transparent Contracts Information from and about the Ministry of Oil has been published and circulated extensively, in the last few […]

Iraqi Kurdistan Oil a Slippery Issue

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iran and Turkey are trying to extend their economic influence over Iraqi Kurdistan oil, even as controversy flares over surreptitious deals between Kurdistan and Turkey. Iraqi Kurdistan has been shipping […]

Oil Ministry asks IOCs to drop Dubai Offices

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq has asked international oil companies to save costs by shutting down their prestige offices in Dubai and running their Iraqi operations from within Iraq. Oil companies with contracts in Iraq have to clear spending with Baghdad, including staffing costs, and are then repaid with income from Iraq’s exports […]

Iraq Prepares to Amend Existing Oil Contracts

By Omar Sattar, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Oil revenues accruing from oil field development and production in Iraq no longer match the revenues made before the licensing contracts the Ministry of Oil signed in 2009-2010. The Iraqi government will be […]

Iraq to pay $2bn in Arrears to Foreign Companies

By John Lee. Shafaaq reports that Iraq will pay foreign oil companies about $2 billion in remaining arrears for 2015 in April. The arrears were accumulated to international oil companies (IOCs) such as BP, Shell , ExxonMobil, Eni and Lukoil, which operate in under service contracts, whereby they are paid a fixed dollar fee for […]