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Oil Export Facilities to Cost $50 Billion

Iraq’s plans to expand its oil pipelines and other export facilities will cost $50 billion, the Middle East Economic Survey reported today, without saying where it got the information. As part of this program, the country intends to build a pipeline that would carry heavy oil from the Majnoon, East Baghdad, Qayara and Najma fields […]


Occidental, Pertamina Consider Sonangol's Iraq Deals

US oil major Occidental Petroleum Corp and Indonesian state oil firm Pertamina have shown an interest in taking a stake in Sonangol's two Iraqi oilfield development projects, a company official said on Sunday. "Our proposal will be for Sonangol to have 45 per cent in Najmah and Qayara [Qaiyarah]," Sonangol executive J. da Graca Luis […]

BP to Raise Iraq Output by 100,000 bpd

British oil major BP, along with its partner China National Petroleum Corp, plans to increase production from Iraq's Rumaila oil field by more than 100,000 barrels a day at the beginning of next year, a BP executive said Sunday, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. "Initial production will go up by 10% […]

Saudi Firm Eyes Oil Investments in Iraq

Saudi industrial and energy services company Taqa (TAQA.AD) is considering investing $1.6 billion in pipelines and $133 million in offshore platforms in Qatar and Iraq, an Arabic newspaper said on Friday. Officials from Taqa told the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat they were considering investing in the gas industry in Qatar and the oil industry in […]

Iraq Expects 60,000 bpd Output from al-Ahdab in 2011

Iraq expects the CNPC-operated al-Ahdab oilfield to have an initial production rate of 60,000 barrels per day from July 2011, Deputy Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said on Sunday. Al-Ahdab was the first major oilfield development contract awarded by the Iraqi government after the 2003 US-led invasion when it agreed to revive a Saddam Hussein-era […]

U.N. Presses Iraq on Energy Reforms

Iraq lacks appropriate measures in its energy sector that prevents it from managing its export revenues effectively, officials told the U.N. Security Council. Jun Yamazaki, the assistant secretary-general at the United Nations' office of planning and budgets, told the Security Council that Iraq needs to implement an oil-metering system to funnel export revenue toward development […]

Deputy PM, Czech Ambassador Discuss Investments

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister, Rafie al-Issawi [Rafi Hiyad al-Issawi], met with the Czech Ambassador to Iraq, Bronislava Tomášová, on Sunday, to discuss bilateral relations and investments. “It is important to exploit the Czech experience at all levels, including investments,” al-Issawi told the ambassador during the meeting. For her part, Ambassador Tomášová referred to a long-term […]


Kirkuk Seeks U.S. Investment

U.S. firms are welcome to invest in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, an official statement said. The statement, issued following a visit by some U.S. business representatives, said there were good investment opportunities in the province particularly in oil development, electricity and the refining of crude oil. The province, of which the city of Kirkuk, […]


Iraq Seeks Twinning Agreements with Italian Cities

The new Iraqi Ambassador in Rome, Siwan Barazani, said on Friday that he seeks to achieve "twinning" between Iraqi and Italian cities to help develop economic relations, according to the Italian AGI news agency. The agency quoted the diplomat as saying that Italy is Iraq’s major European economic partner, and that many Arab countries, including […]