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Switzerland sells $98m Encrypted Telephones to Iraq

By John Lee. Switzerland last year authorised a $98-million order for the sale of encrypted telephones to Iraq, according to a report from Swissinfo. The devices, which could be used for both civilian or military purposes, were received by an Iraqi civilian government ministry. They can be disabled remotely if they fall into the wrong hands. […]

New Oil Bidding Round Postponed to Mid-2017

By John Lee. The Ministry of Oil is to postpone a bidding round for 12 small- and medium-sized oil fields, following criticism of the plans by experts including IBN Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. In a statement, the Ministry’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) said: “Following to the previous Ministry of Oil Announcement dated […]

New Oil Development Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has requested proposals from international oil companies interestsed in developing a number of small- and medium-sized oil fields. The fields concerned are: Sindebad (Basra governorate); Umm Qasr [Um Qaser] (Basra governorate); Rachi (Basra governorate); Abu Khema (Basra governorate); Kumait (Missan governorate); Noor (Missan governorate); Umara (Missan governorate); Dema […]

ABB wins $100m Order Supporting Iraq Power Infrastructure

Switzerland’s ABB has won an order worth around $100 million from Mass Global Holding to deliver a gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation that will help integrate 3,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity generated by a combined cycle power plant, utilizing Iraq’s natural gas resources. The government is rebuilding the country, investing in national housing programs and has […]

Total, Vitol Fined in Iraq Oil-For-Food Case

By John Lee. French oil company Total and Swiss oil-trading company Vitol have been fined for corruption by a French court in relation to Iraq’s oil-for-food program. According to Bloomberg, Total was guilty of corrupting foreign civil servants, and has been fined EUR 750,000, while Vitol has been fined EUR 300,000. Other corruption charges against Total […]

Court Rejects ‘Oil-for-Food’ Lawsuit

By John Lee. The US Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Iraq to revive a lawsuit against companies for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein’s government to subvert the United Nations oil-for-food program. According to the Reuters report, more than 80 companies and other entities were named as defendants in the 2008 lawsuit over the […]

Sulzer, Unaoil in JV Agreement

By John Lee. Swiss-based Sulzer has signed an agreement to form a joint venture with the Unaoil Group to service of rotating equipment for oil and gas, and power customers in Southern Iraq. The joint venture (JV) will operate under the name of Sulzer Rotating Equipment FZCO and will have offices in Dubai, with local operations […]