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Drilling Continues at Taza-2 Well

By John Lee. Oil Search Limited has reported that the Taza 2 well in Kurdistan was drilled to a depth of 10,679 feet (3,255 meters), and the company was preparing to drill ahead in an 8.5 inch hole. During the week, the well penetrated the Jeribe Formation, encountering hydrocarbon shows in line with prognosis, and […]

Total Considers “World-Scale” Petrochemical Plant

By John Lee. French oil giant Total is reported to be considering building a “world-scale” petrochemical complex in Iraq. AFP reports that Patrick Pouyanne, the head of Total’s refining and chemicals division, said he signed a preliminary accord with Iraq’s industry ministry in November to examine the feasibility of the complex in Basra. “They are […]

Total Cleared of Iraqi Corruption

By John Lee. A Paris court has cleared oil company Total, its chief executive Christophe de Margerie (pictured), and over a dozen other defendants of corruption charges related to the UN’s oil-for-food programme in Iraq. The former interior minister Charles Pasqua, the Swiss oil trader Vitol, and a former French ambassador to the UN, were […]

Iraq Shortlists 7 for Nasiriya Integrated Project

By John Lee. Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has announced that seven international oil companies (IOCs) have been selected to bid for the development of its Nasiriya oilfield and refinery: Zarubezhneft, from Russia (Up and Downstream); CNPC, from China (Downstream); Brown Energy, from US (Downstream); Reliance Industries, from India (Up & Downstream); Lukoil, […]

Indonesia’s Pertamina Eyes Iraq

By John Lee. Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company, has said it is considering expanding its upstream business in Iraq. The company’s investment planning and risk-management director, Afdal Bahaudin, told The Jakarta Post that the second-largest oil producer in the country would keep on searching for producing onshore oil fields available to purchase in […]

Total CEO in Court for Oil-for-Food Trial

By John Lee. The CEO of Total, Christophe de Margerie (pictured), is to appear in a Paris court on Monday to fight charges of wrongdoing relating to the United Nations oil-for-food relief program in Iraq. Total, Vitol and 18 individuals, including de Margerie (61), are listed as defendants in the trial over claims the program […]

Total Says Unclear if Iraq Wants it to Exit Halfaya

By John Lee. The chief executive of French energy giant Total, Christophe de Margerie (pictured), has said that it is not clear if Iraq wants the company to withdraw from the Halfaya oilfield due to its dealings in Iraqi Kurdistan. Total recently acquired a 20 percent interest in the Taza oil exploration block there from […]

Maysan Province Seeks to Control Local Oil Fields

By John Lee. A member of the Energy Committee in Maysan Provincial Council has called on the Ministry of Oil to grant the province the right to take part in running the oil sector in the province, according to a report from AIN. Ammar Nasrallah told the news agency: “We call to apply the constitutional […]

Baghdad “to Take Legal Action Against Total”

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has reiterated commitments to take all legal actions against the French energy giant Total for signing contracts with Kurdistan region. “We will take legal actions to force the company to sell its share (25%) of al-Halfaya oilfield”, said Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani (pictured). Total “was requested to withdraw […]

ShaMaran Shares Fall as Total Buys Stake in Taza

By John Lee. Shares in ShaMaran Petroleum were down 13% on Monday following the announcement that the company has sold its entire 20% undivided participating interest in the Taza PSC (held by the fully-owned subsidiary ShaMaran Petroleum B.V.) to a subsidiary of Total S.A. for the cash sum of US$ 48 million plus a reimbursement […]