$8bn New Iraqi Energy Agreements with US Firms

The following commercial agreements worth as much as $8 billion were reached during a signing ceremony between U.S. energy companies and the Government of Iraq on August 19, 2020:

  • Honeywell and the Ministry of Oil agreed to advance the development of the Ar Ratawi [Artawi] gas project, which will further enable Iraq to capture, process, and utilize indigenous gas resources to meet domestic energy demand.
  • General Electric and the Ministry of Electricity committed to three agreements that will help increase reliable access to electricity in Iraq, including efforts related to GE's existing generation maintenance program, addition of combined cycle units at the Dhi Qar and Samawah power plants, and collaboration on strengthening Iraq's electricity grid and interconnection with neighboring countries.
  • Stellar Energy and the Ministry of Electricity concluded a front-end engineering and design agreement that will help advance deployment of turbine inlet air chilling technology on more than 30 turbines, which will increase power sector efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
  • Baker Hughes and the Ministry of Oil agreed to further collaboration on flare gas-to-power opportunities, and deployment of U.S. oil field services and equipment.
  • Chevron and the Iraqi Ministry of Oil outlined a framework for entering into exclusive negotiating on an exploration, development, and production contract in the Dhi Qar Province.

US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette (pictured) said:

"As two of the top oil producers in the world, the United States and Iraq share an appreciation for how energy shapes our economies and can strengthen our respective security.

"That is why I was thrilled to join Prime Minster Kadhimi, Minister Ismael, and Minister Hantoush today for an event featuring this prestigious Iraqi delegation and our great American energy companies. Together, we laid the groundwork for commercial partnerships worth up to $8 billion.

"These deals are key to Iraq's energy future, and I am confident that the same companies that have empowered the United States to become energy independent will deploy their deep expertise to help Iraq achieve its full potential in the energy sector."

(Source: US Dept of Energy)

6 Responses to $8bn New Iraqi Energy Agreements with US Firms

  1. Ibn Al Iraq 24th August 2020 at 12:03 #

    Very good actions & Congratulations

    pls start ASAP and sign contracts.

    MOO should cooperate, follow up rigorously and to ensure that any obstacles facing these projects should be removed without any delays or corruptions.

  2. August West 24th August 2020 at 17:08 #

    Yes, sounds like positive news. Interested in thoughts on impact this would have on Iraqi economy, on the whole. If this could ultimately result in a stronger economy, increased employment, expanded trade, etc., wouldn't Iraq probably see a decline in violent activity?

  3. MC 24th August 2020 at 17:10 #

    Looks more like a declaration of surrender. The Iraqi's finally waved the white flag to the imperialist.

  4. mustafa 25th August 2020 at 14:46 #

    That is great news. Looking forward to see these agreements implemented .

  5. Faris 29th August 2020 at 04:52 #

    Great news even though this should have happened sooner but nevertheless let’s hope it become full agreements soon and Iraqi people see the benefits

  6. Rita Grunberg Calmanovici Mann 11th October 2020 at 00:20 #

    I was delighted to learn about the joint intitiative of the Governments of Iraq and USA to help advance Iraq’s energy needs. Some of the most experienced USA companies with the full backing of the USA government will help Iraq achieve its goal. As a sign of mutual respect I would like to encourage the USA government to defer to the wishes of the people of Iraq, evidenced in the Parliament of Iraq resolution,early this year to send the remaining USA and allied troops home.
    I am sure the two governments will find an expeditious way to do so. The request of the Government of Iraq was made in January this year. Naturally, the withdrawal of all troops had to take time, and I hope that by Christmas the two Governments will accomplish this goal fully.