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New Oil Minister Luaibi Backs Deal With Kurds

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s new oil Minister Jabbar Al Luaibi, who was appointed April 14th, has remarked that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad are planning a new oil exports and revenue sharing deal to replace the one which collapsed in early 2015. According to Gulf News, Safeen Dizayee, a spokesman for the KRG also confirmed new […]

Iraq Raises March Oil Prices

By John Lee. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) has adjusted its official selling prices for its Basra and Kirkuk crude oil for March. In common with some other countries, Iraq’s oil is priced relative to regional benchmark prices: For shipments to US, contracts are priced are relative to the Argus Sour Crude Index (ASCI); […]

Southern Exports Remain High

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s southern oil exports remained close to their recent record of 3.37 million bpd, which was hit in November, Reuters reports. Possibly lessened by several days of maintenance work at the Single Point Moorings at the Basra terminals, the figures for December were slightly lower, at 3.27 million bpd. This closes a good year […]

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 […]

September Oil Exports Down

By John Lee. Iraq’s oil exports for September fell to an average of 3.052 million barrels per day (bpd), down from 3.078 million bpd in August, according to a report from Reuters. Of this quantity, 3.03 million bpd were from the southern ports, with only 22,000 bpd from the north of the country via the […]

Oil Exports Down in August

By John Lee. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has said that oil exports amounted to 95.447 million barrels in August, which equates to 3.079 million barrels per day. According to a report from Shafaaq, this generated revenue of approximately $3.874 billion, at an average price of $40.59 per barrel. Exported from the southern port of […]

Iraq Increases Oil Prices

By John Lee. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) has adjusted its official selling prices for its Basra and Kirkuk crude oil for September. In common with some other countries, Iraq’s oil is priced relative to regional benchmark prices: For shipments to US, contracts are priced are relative to the Argus Sour Crude Index (ASCI); […]

Erbil-Baghdad Agreement: Deal or No Deal?

By Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Erbil-Baghdad Oil Relations Swing between Deal, no Deal Encouraged by more international interest in purchasing its oil, coupled with the apparent failure of the federal Iraqi government to provide agreed-upon […]

Baghdad Cancels Ceyhan Oil Schedule

By John Lee. According to a report from Platts, 9 of the 14 tankers intending to load oil from Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) at the Turkish port of Ceyhan in June, have had their orders cancelled and have left the area. The remaining five are also cancelled but are still waiting, as they […]

Baghdad/Erbil Oil Agreement of Brink of Collapse

By John Lee. The agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi central government agreement on budget and oil exports looks set to collapse. Kurdish MP Ardalan Nouraddin told BasNews that a new agreement will be signed, adding, “the details are yet to be revealed.” Under the December agreement, the KRG was to […]

Ceyhan Tanker Cancellations Increase

By John Lee. Oil firms expecting to load Kirkuk crude at the Turkish port of Ceyhan have had to cancel tankers, as the Kurdistan Regional Government ramps up independent oil sales at the expense of sales through the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). According to a report from Reuters, tanker cancellations included Eni’s Seanostrum, Socar’s […]