Tag Archives | SINOPEC

Sinopec considers Bid for GKP

By John Lee. Bloomberg reports that Sinopec — the state-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation — is considering a takeover of the recently restructured Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP). The news agency cites un-named sources as saying that the world’s biggest refiner is working with advisers and has made an approach to the company, which was […]

Oil, Rail Expansion Dominate China Talks

By Simon Kent. Iraqi PM Haider al Abadi recently met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss high level strategic projects for both countries to cooperate on. The major discussions focused on a plan for Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) and Chinese state run refiner Sinopec to coordinate the shipment, refining and marketing of […]

China, Iraq, Plan Historic Oil Cooperation

By Simon Kent. There is growing speculation over a planned energy initiative between Iraq and China, with both Iraqi PM Haider al Abadi and oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi travelling to China for “deep discussions” on the proposal. According to The Wall Street Journal, Unipec, the trading branch of Chinese state refiner Sinopec, will be working with […]

Chinese Foreign Minister Meets Zebari in Baghdad

By John Lee. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in Baghdad in a rare Chinese high level diplomatic mission to Baghdad. The two men discussed increased Sino-Iraqi cooperation in areas such as oil development and arms sales. Until recently, Iraq has been frustrated by slow deliveries of weapons systems from […]

Iraq Beats Kuwait to Chinese Refinery Deal

By John Lee. Reuters reports that China’s state-owned Sinochem Corp plans to use Iraqi crude oil for 40 percent of the capacity of its new refinery, in what the article describes as “the latest example of Iraq beating Middle Eastern rivals in the competition for new markets in Asia“. The deal wold replacing a preliminary […]

Sinopec is Dealt a Setback in Iraq

By John Lee. China Petrochemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, is still unable to participate in projects in central and southern Iraq four years after it acquired a project in northern Kurdistan, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company held talks with Russia’s Lukoil about jointly developing the West Qurna-2 oil field, but Lukoil’s chief […]

Iran to Increase Production from Joint Oilfield with Iraq

By John Lee. According to a report from Tehran Times, Iran will double output at the Yadavaran oilfield, which straddles the border with Iraq, to 50,000 bpd by the Iranian calendar month of Dey (beginning 22nd December). Production started in February 2012 and the oilfield is currently producing 25,000 bpd of crude oil, but 55 […]

KRG Oil Contractors to Get First Payment

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has received a written notice from the federal Ministry of Finance in Baghdad, confirming release of the first oil export payment to the KRG contractors, Prime Minister Barham Salih (pictured) announced today. The Prime Minister said, “This confirmation of payment to the KRG for the Region’s contractors amounts to around […]

Oil Exports From Kurdistan Delayed

Iraqi Kurdistan has not yet started exporting crude oil, despite a reported agreement that exports would resume from 1st February, Iraqi oil ministry sources said on Tuesday. Two top oil ministry officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Platts that there had been no additional oil supplied from two producing fields in the Kurdish region […]

Heritage Oil – Preditor or Prey?

Rumours continue to fly regarding the fate of Heritage Oil (LSE: HOIL), the oil explorer with operations in Iraqi Kurdistan (pictured), which is said to be the target of takeover bid. The British Daily Mail newspaper reported last week that Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company, Petronas, was interested in the company, but Petronas denied […]

Genel Enerji Sells Iraq Oilfield Stakes for $175m

Turkish oil company Genel Enerji AS has reportedly agreed to sell part of its stake in three northern Iraq oilfields to South Korea’s UI Energy Corp. for more than $175 million [210 billion Iraqi dinars]. BusinessWeek reports that Genel Enerji will sell 5 percent stakes in the Dohuk and Tawke fields and 10 percent of […]