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Iraq “has Little Interest in Oil Law”

By John Lee. A leading Sunni figure has said that Iraq is not likely to pass a hydrocarbon law anytime soon, as the government has little interest in pushing a draft through parliament. Adnan Al-Janabi, a member of the Iraqiyya party, and the head of Iraq’s parliamentary oil and energy committee, told Reuters: “It is […]

Lack of Federal Oil Law Cripples Iraq’s Recovery

By Thomas W Donovan, attorney at the Iraq Law Alliance. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Foreign “experts” like to depict Iraq’s oil industry as a cesspit of corruption, turmoil and factional politics. In fact, however, Iraq has made real progress, and […]

Political Tensions Delay Iraq Oil Law

The current political tensions in Iraq are likely to delay the finalisation of a new hydrocarbon law for more than a year, according to Reuters. “With these chronic political differences I can’t see any possibility of having an oil law this year,” said Adel Barwari, a Kurdish adviser to Maliki. “If the [differences] were, say […]

Oil Law “Will be Passed Without Iraqiya if Needed”

AKnews reports that the debate on draft hydrocarbon legislation has been postponed by the Oil and Gas Committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives because of the continued absence of Iraqiya List members. The law needs the approval of all parties to be passed. On 3rd January the committee revealed that an initial agreement between […]

Kurdish President says Exxon Deal is On

The President of Iraqi Kurdistan said on Wednesday that the region will go ahead with its exploration deal with U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil despite objections from Baghdad. According to Reuters, Masoud Barzani (pictured) said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was told of the deal prior to its signing and had no objection, and called […]

Solution Reported over Hydrocarbon Law

In the ongoing conflict between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government in Baghdad over the proposed new oil and gas law, both sides agreed to adopt the draft law that had been presented in February, reports AKnews, citing Ghadhban Fadel, head of the advisers committee in the federal government. The announcement is […]

Shahristani Retains Hard Line on KRG Oil Contracts

Iraq’s deputy prime minister has said that oil contracts signed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) must be rewritten, and that recent government payments to international producers in the region in no way validate the contracts, according to a report from Reuters. “The contracts as they stand will have to be presented to the government […]

English Translation of Draft Oil and Gas Law

The Iraq Energy Institute has translated the new draft hydrocarbon law into English. There are two versions provided: Compiled by the Parliamentarian Oil & Energy Committee, and presented to the Council of Representatives on 17th August 2011; Compiled by the Federal Ministry of Oil, and presented to the Council of Ministers on 25th August 2011. […]

Iraq’s Oil and Gas Law Threatens Stability of Govt

Who controls the Iraqi oil fields that could make the nation one of the richest in the region? As political rivals squabble, that question could be one that topples the precariously balanced Iraqi government, according to this report from Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views […]

The Oil-Law Showdown

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

KRP Statement on Federal Hydrocarbons Law

The Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) issued a statement on Sunday on the Iraqi Council of Ministers’ approval of a draft federal hydrocarbons law. The following is a translation from the original Arabic: Following six years without a federal oil policy; the unjustified failure to implement political agreements; the clear avoidance of the ratification of a […]