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Iraq to Reduce Oil Products Imports by 25%

By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] has said that Iraq will reduce imports of petroleum products by 25 percent, as the country restarts production at refineries that were damaged by the Islamic State group (IS, Daesh, ISIS, ISIL). He said that restarting production at the Seeniya, Hadeetha, Qayara and Kirkuk refineries […]

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SOMO Awards Diesel Tenders

By John Lee. Sources have told Reuters that China’s state-run Zhenhua Oil will supply diesel (500 parts per million (ppm) sulphur) to Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) through a term contract for the first time. It will supply 600,000 tonnes of the 2.37 million tonnes sought by SOMO in a tender for delivery in […]

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Oil, Rail Expansion Dominate China Talks

By Simon Kent. Iraqi PM Haider al Abadi recently met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss high level strategic projects for both countries to cooperate on. The major discussions focused on a plan for Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) and Chinese state run refiner Sinopec to coordinate the shipment, refining and marketing of […]

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Jump in Iraqi Crude Exports to US

By Simon Kent. Iraqi crude exports to the US surged to 521,000 bpd for October, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA.) The increase in exports of Iraqi crude to the US marks a historic shift, since US imports of Iraqi crude actually decreased after 2003 despite the gradual increase in Iraqi production, with […]

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