Tag Archives | State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO)

SOMO “Squeezing Out” Oil Resellers

By John Lee. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) is reported to be restricting companies from reselling Basra crude oil on the spot market. Oil traders have told S&P Global Platts that SOMO wants to keep a greater share of the lucrative spot market for itself. The report adds that SOMO is merely implementing restrictions already embedded […]

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SOMO Restarts Export of Kirkuk Oil via Turkey

By John Lee. Baghdad has reached an agreement with Kurdish authorities to resume exports from the Kirkuk oilfields, via the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured). In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Oil said between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels per day would be exported through the pipeline on behalf of the Baghdad-controlled State Oil […]

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Amarinth secures order for Pumps at Rumaila

UK-based Amarinth has secured its first order from Iraq Gates Contracting Company (IGCC) for $410K of API 610 OH1 pumps on 22-weeks FCA delivery for the Rumaila oil field, Iraq. This first order for Amarinth from Iraq Gates Contracting Company (IGCC) of $410K is for ten API 610 OH1 condensate transfer pumps with Plan 11 […]

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INOC takes over 9 State Oil Companies

By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] has transferred ownership of nine state-owned oil companies from the Ministry of Oil to the newly-created Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC). The Minister is also the President of INOC. The companies transferred to INOC ownership are: Iraqi Oil Exploration Company Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) State […]

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SOMO may buy Oil Storage in Asia

By John Lee. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) is reportedly trying  to acquire storage tanks in Asia. According to Reuters, any deal may involve a profit-sharing arrangement. (Source: Reuters)

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SOMO “Close to JV” with China’s Zhenhua

By John Lee. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) is reported to be close to a deal with China’s state-run Zhenhua Oil to boost its crude oil sales. According to Reuters, China is under pressure to cut oil purchases from Iran, as the United States re-imposes sanctions on Tehran. More here. (Source: Reuters)

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SOMO Does Not Work This Way

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Below is the full Arabic text and source of what was reportedly said by Abdul Alal AL-Yassiry, the Chairman of the Iraqi Centre for Economic and Investment Consultation in Karbala. What prompts […]

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Floating Oil Island for Iraq’s Expected Spurt in Exports

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Floating Oil Island will handle Iraq’s expected Spurt in Exports The South Oil Co. (SOC) [possibly should be Basrah Oil Company (BOC), as per comment below, – Editor] […]

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Oil Ministry makes first Direct Shipment of Crude

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has made its first direct shipment of crude oil since 1991. The two-million barrel shipment was made via its subsidiary company, the Iraqi Oil Tankers Company (IOTC). It will be delivered to a US-based customer of the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). (Source: Ministry of Oil)

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Iraq could transport 1m bpd via Aqaba

By John Lee. Iraq could transport up to a million barrels of oil per day through the Jordanian port of Aqaba (pictured), according to a report from The National. Ali Nazar Faeq Al Shatari, deputy director general for the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) told The National: “That project is still in place and we’re […]

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ZhenHua expands China’s role in Iraq’s Oil Sector

By John Lee. Iraq Oil Report reports that the China ZhenHua Oil Company, a subsidiary of state-owned arms manufacturer Norinco, is poised to make two new investments in Iraq’s oil sector. It says the company is forming a new oil trading joint venture with the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) and is negotiating the upstream […]

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Iraq to launch new “Basrah Medium” Crude Oil Grade

By John Lee. Platts reports that Iraq plans to launch a new Basrah Medium crude oil grade “whenever logistics allow,” to provide “more stability” in existing grades. It quotes Ali Nazar al-Shatari, the Deputy Director General of the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) as saying the new grade will have an API gravity of 29-30 degrees, […]

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