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New Firms Qualified for next Oil Licensing Round

By John Lee. Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has announced the five additional companies have been approved to bid for Iraq’s “borderline onshore & offshore exploration blocks & fields.” The companies are listed as: Dana Gas (UAE) Dragon Oil (UAE) Geo-Jade Petroleum (China) Schlumberger (USA) Zarubezhneft (Russia) Eight companies had applied for approval. […]

Iraq’s Fifth Licensing Round

By Alessandro Bacci. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Ministry of Oil has repeatedly said that it would like to renegotiate the terms of its service contracts with the international oil companies (IOCs) to link the fees the companies receive for […]

Iraq Reviews IOC Qualifications for New Oil Projects

By John Lee. Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has announced that previously-qualified international oil companies (IOCs) which are not currently operating in Iraq, and which did not participate in earlier licensing rounds, will not be eligible to compete in the current licensing round. In an announcement (copied below), the PCLD said such companies […]

New Oil Exploration Blocks Announced

By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] (pictured) has announced exploration and rehabilitation projects for nine exploration blocks in Iraq. These include the onshore exploration blocks of Khudher Al-Mai, Jebel Sanam (Jabal Sanam) and Umm-Qasr on the Kuwaiti border; the Sindbad, Huwaiza, Shihabi, Zurbatia and Naft Khana blocks on the Iranian border; and […]

New Oil Bidding Round Postponed to Mid-2017

By John Lee. The Ministry of Oil is to postpone a bidding round for 12 small- and medium-sized oil fields, following criticism of the plans by experts including IBN Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. In a statement, the Ministry’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) said: “Following to the previous Ministry of Oil Announcement dated […]

Presentation on Iraq’s Oil Service Contracts & Bidding Rounds

Mr. Abdul Mahdy Al-Ameedi, the Director General of Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), delivered a presentation to the Iraqi parliament on 13th December 2015 on the subject of Iraq’s oil service contracts and bidding rounds. The presentation (in Arabic) provides an excellent comparison between the Ministry’s Service Contracts and Production Sharing Contracts of the […]

Iraq “Blames Shell” for $4.6bn Lost Income

By John Lee. Iraq’s oil ministry has reportedly blamed Shell for $4.6 billion in lost revenue due to production delays, according to a letter seen by AFP . The document, dated July 21, 2013, sharply criticizes the company for shortfalls in oil extraction at Majnoon. Two separate sources with knowledge of the letter’s contents confirmed […]

Who’s Winning the Battle for Iraq’s Oil?

Who is the biggest winner from the recovery in Iraqi oil production? Denise Natali, a Middle East expert at the National Defense University in Washington, told the New York Times: “The Chinese are the biggest beneficiary of this post-Saddam oil boom in Iraq … They need energy, and they want to get into the market.” […]

Iraq Shortlists 7 for Nasiriya Integrated Project

By John Lee. Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has announced that seven international oil companies (IOCs) have been selected to bid for the development of its Nasiriya oilfield and refinery: Zarubezhneft, from Russia (Up and Downstream); CNPC, from China (Downstream); Brown Energy, from US (Downstream); Reliance Industries, from India (Up & Downstream); Lukoil, […]

Tensions Rise Over BP Kirkuk Deal

By John Lee. Reuters has reported that BP will undertake work to arrest declining production at the Kirkuk oilfield, in a move that has outraged the Kurdistan Regional Government. Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, head of the oil ministry’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), told The Wall Street Journal that a request has been sent to […]

Deadline Postponed for Nasiriya Integrated Project

By John Lee. Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate (PCLD), part of the Ministry of Oil, has announced that following requests received from interested companies the deadline for submitting qualification information for the Nasiriya Integrated Project has been postponed to 28th February 2013. Documents sent by DHL are accepted provided that they have been sent […]