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Iran to process Russian Wheat for Iraqi Flour Market

By John Lee. Iran is said to be negotiating a deal to import around 100,000 tonnes of wheat per month from Russia, enabling private millers it to increase flour exports to Iraq. Iraq imports about 3 million tons of flour a year, almost half of its demand of 6.9 million tons a year. According to […]

Iraq Receives First Batch of Russian T-90 Tanks

Iraq has received the first batch of Russian-made T-90 battle tanks as part of a purchase agreement signed last year, according to an Iraqi Defence Ministry spokesman. “The first batch of Russian tanks arrived on February 15 at Umm Qasr Port – they have since been transported to Baghdad via the city of Basra”. The […]

Oil Minister meets with the CEO of Lukoil

By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] has met with Kati Al-Juboori, the CEO of Russia’s Lukoil, and his entourage. During the meeting the two parties discussed ways to develop the oil sector in Iraq. Mr. Al-Juboori praised the keenness of the Ministry of Oil to cooperate with global companies and provide […]

Gazprom Neft Halves Badra Production Target

By John Lee. Russia’s Gazprom Neft has reportedly revised down its output plateau for the Badra oil field. Denis Sugaipov, head of Gazprom Neft’s department of large projects, told Reuters that the consortium running the project has proposed setting the output plateau for the next few years at its current level of around 85,000 bpd, […]

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. […]

Lukoil signs Contract for Exploration at Block 10

Russia’s Lukoil has signed contracts with the state-owned Iraqi Oil Exploration Company to carry out seismic surveys at the Eridu field in Block 10, and also at Block 10’s southern and central parts, previously not part of the survey. The scope of appraisal works at Eridu field includes a 3D seismic survey of 983 square kilometers to […]

Baghdad denies Russian Claims regarding KRG Oil Deals

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has denied reports that Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed Russian oil companies’ operations in Iraqi Kurdistan with the Iraqi prime minister or oil minister during his trip to Iraq. Novak had been quoted as saying that Baghdad had no problems with Russian companies doing business with the […]

Gazprom Neft commissions New Gas Plant at Badra

Russia’s Gazprom Neft has launched the commercial operation of a 1.6 billion cubic metres capacity gas processing plant at its Badra field, Iraq. Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, was present at the opening ceremony for the new facility, together with the Minister of Oil of the Republic of Iraq, Jabbar al-Luaibi, and Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov. Dry feed gas, […]

Lukoil to submit West Qurna-2 Plan by end-Dec

By John Lee. Russian oil company Lukoil has said it will present its plans t0 develop the West Qurna 2 oil field to the Ministry of Oil by the end of the month. Company boss Vagit Alekperov (pictured) told reporters that his company is negotiating regarding production volumes, timelines, and investment. (Source: TASS)

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 […]

Russia begins Deliveries of T-90 Tanks

By John Lee. Russia has reportedly begun delivering T-90 tanks to the Iraqi military. According to Almasdar News, 73 of the tanks are scheduled to arrive to Umm Qasr Port this year. The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. (Source: Almasdar News)

Rosneft in the Kurdish Region: Moscow’s Balancing Act

By Ahmed Tabaqchali. Originally published by Iraq in Context; re-published by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Between February 2017 and mid-October, Rosneft signed a number of deals with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) that established for it, […]