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Zain to pay $94m to settle Iraqna Tax Case

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Zain Iraq is to pay $94 million to settle a tax case related to the 2007 acquisition of rival operator Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom. Iraq’s General Commission of Taxes (GCT) claimed Zain Iraq owed $187 million in capital gains tax due on its $1.2 billion purchase of the […]

Court finds against Zain in $187m Tax Ruling

By John Lee. Reuters reports that an Iraqi appeals court has upheld a ruling that mobile phone operator Zain Iraq must pay a $187-million tax bill related to the acquisition of a rival Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom in 2007. Unusually, says the report, the government tried to levy capital gains tax worth $187 million on […]

Court Dismisses $4.5bn Claim Against Zain

By John Lee. An Iraqi court has reportedly rejected a $4.5-billion (5.4 trillion Iraqi dinar) lawsuit against Zain. The case centers around Zain’s $1.2-billion acquisition of Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom in December 2007, after the Egyptian company dropped out of the running for a long-term mobile licence. According to Reuters, the Kuwaiti firm then […]

Zain Iraq Revenues Unfrozen

By John Lee. Kuwait’s Zain Group has announced that an Iraqi court has lifted a freeze on future revenue of Zain Iraq. But the company added that previously frozen revenues remain blocked, after a $4.5 billion lawsuit against the Iraqi firm was dismissed this month. In April, we reported that Zain was being sued for […]

Zain Sued for $4.5bn over Iraq Deal

By John Lee. Reuters reports that mobile phone company Zain is being sued for $4.5 billion over its 2007 acquisition of Iraqi telecom operator Iraqna. The company bought Iraqna for $1.2 billion from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom after it dropped out of the running for a long-term mobile licence in Iraq. According to Reuters, the Kuwaiti firm […]

Iraq Shortlists Candidates for Jordan Pipeline

By John Lee. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters report that Iraq has shortlisted 12 international companies to build the new $18-billion oil export pipeline to Jordan, the country’s first such pipeline in decades. Iraq’s oil ministry has chosen these companies from a list of more than 80 international firms which submitted their credentials to build […]

Iraq signs $363m Power Deal with Orascom

Iraq’s electricity ministry signed the $363 million, 1,014 megawatt, power plant deal with Egypt’s Orascom Construction, which was announced in February. The contract involves building the plant and installing six 169 MW generators, which Iraq bought from Siemens in 2008, at the facility in Baiji [Beiji, Bayji]. The project is expected to be completed within 21 […]

Three Firms Bid to Build 1,014 MW Power Plant

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity said on Wednesday that it had received bids by three foreign companies to build a 1,014 megawatt gas power plant in the town of Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad. Reuters reports that South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction bid at around $500 million, Egypt’s Orascom Construction at $463 […]

Lafarge Continues to Increase Capacity in Iraq

Lafarge, the world’s biggest cement maker, plans to increase its annual capacity in Iraq by 2 million tons by 2013 as the country rebuilds homes and infrastructure destroyed by war, according to a report from Bloomberg. Lafarge currently has capacity of 6 million tons a year across three plants and is producing 4 million tons, […]