Archive | 31st October 2011

Schlumberger Reports on Iraq Operations

As part of its third quarter earnings results, Schlumberger has issued the following statements on its operations in Iraq: In Iraq, Wireline MSCT* mechanical sidewall coring technology has been deployed on two exploration wells. Core recovery in the tight and fractured carbonate reservoirs was 100% for each job and the cores will yield the petrophysical […]

DNO Hits High on RAK Merger News

Shares in DNO were up as much as 9.3% on Monday, their highest level since July, before closing up 2.6% at 6.57. Bloomberg says the rise is due to a group of minority shareholders reversing opposition to the planned merger with units of RAK, in exchange for meeting certain demands. The DNO Initiative, representing about […]

Christopher Hill and the Iraq War Legacy

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

US Forces to leave Iraq by Christmas

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The U.S. and Iraq have failed to reach an agreement on […]

Gulf Keystone's Shaikan-5 Appraisal Well Spuds

Gulf Keystone has announced that the Shaikan-5 appraisal well has spudded on the Shaikan block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on 28th October 2011. Shaikan-5 is the third deep appraisal well to be drilled on the Company's major oil discovery with independently audited gross oil-in-place volumes of between 4.9 billion barrels and 10.8 billion […]

WesternZagros Sells First Oil to Market and Provides Drilling Update

WesternZagros Resources has received payment for its first sale of crude oil to the domestic market in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. First oil production from the Sarqala-1 extended well test was achieved on October 18, 2011, and first lifting occurred by truck on 27th October. "Production start-up marks a new chapter in the Company's […]

New Appointment Strengthens Team of Anglo-Arab Insurance Brokers (AAIB)

Anglo-Arab Insurance Brokers (AAIB), the leading specialist insurer for Iraq Insurance, emerging and high risk countries across the Middle East and Africa, has announced the appointment of Mr Mekki R. Mustafa as its Senior Consultant in Iraq. The appointment will consolidate AAIB’s position in Iraq, where it is already the largest international insurance broker licensed […]

DNO Resumes Buybacks, Shares Rise

DNO International has announced on Monday the resumption of its share buyback program, originally announced on 10 August 2011. Between 18 August and 7 October, the Company acquired a total of 25,500,000 shares, which are currently held in treasury, pursuant to a shareholder approval to acquire up to 80,000,000 shares. "We believe that in current […]

Missan Oil Company to Increase Output by 20%

The Missan Oil Company expects to increase output by 20 percent to 120,000 barrels a day by the end of this year The company’s Director General Ali Muarej told Boomberg that ten wells will be made operational at the Halfaya field south of Baghdad in the next two months to raise production. Total, China National […]

Iraq Stock Market Report

Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 27th October 2011). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at ID1,540 / $1,768, -4.5% (weekly change). The number of weekly traded shares was 19.8bn and the weekly trading volume was […]