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PM Reassures Lukoil amid Protests

By John Lee. During a visit to the West Qurna II oilfield in Basra, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring the security of the southern oilfields and their workers. He met with senior management of the Russian operator Lukoil, following protests by locals demanding jobs. A Lukoil official told Reuters that […]

Video: Discontent Soars with the Heat

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As temperatures soar across Iraq, public discontent is also close to boiling point. Iraqis are protesting against government corruption and power shortages. Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Baghdad – where security has […]

Gazprom ‘Forced to Quit Halabja Block’

By John Lee. Rudaw reports that Russia’s Gazprom Neft has been forced to halt operations at its Halabja block following demonstrations by hundreds of protestors from 34 villages around the town of Darbandikhan. According to the report, the protesters have given the oil company until 20th October to stop all exploration activity, claiming that “scientific […]

Iraq Protests Hurt Baker Hughes Earnings

By John Lee. Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated has warned the markets that it will take a hit of $80 million as a result of the disruption to its operations in Basra. The company said in a statement: “Following the disruption to its business in Iraq during the fourth quarter, Baker Hughes resumed operations […]

Protests at West Qurna-2

By John Lee. Hundreds of locals blocked a main entrance of Iraq’s giant southern West Qurna-2 oilfield on Tuesday. According to Iraq Oil Report, local residents have long complained that oil development has caused them to lose agricultural land for which they have not been adequately compensated, while many expected to receive jobs at oil […]

Video: Al-Sadr Protests Iraqi Sectarianism

From Jewish News One. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thousands have gathered in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to join the powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in protest against sectarianism and to demand the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki: […]