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Preparations Finalised at Halfaya Oilfield

Companies investing in the al-Halfaya oilfield finalized the construction of residence camps and the setting up of drilling equipment to embark on the project on Dec. 15, according to the Missan Oil Company director on Friday. “The consortium of Chinese, Malaysian and French companies investing in al-Halfaya oilfield, 25 km [15 miles] east of al-Amara […]

Iraq And The Security Of Energy Supplies For Europe

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. This article was first published by Middle East Economic Survey (MEES), and is reproduced here with permission. It is a summary of Mr Jiyad's presentation to the Politics and Economics of European Energy Security conference organized by the Institute for Energy, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in Amsterdam on […]

New Tenders at Ministry of Oil

The Ministry of  Oil has just issued a new tender for the supply of pumps, motor-sets, fire-fighting equipment, drinking water and intake water, at the Samawa Depot project. Bids are to be received by 12 noon on 9th January 2011. Please click below to download the tender document: SCOP-QR-05-5369-9-1

More Jobs For the Boys

It seems that the newly-appointed Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and his team are having to be increasingly inventive in their efforts to piece together a new cabinet. Creating, in effect, two energy ministries – if indeed these rumours are true – will help increase the size of the cabinet pie that he can then dole […]

Shahristani to Lose Oil Ministry ... Well, Sort Of

A confidante of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claims there will be a shake-up in the oil and energy portfolio when the new cabinet positions are announced. According to Iraq Oil Report, Hussain al-Shahristani will move from his current position as Minister for Oil and Acting Minister for Electricity, into a newly-created Deputy Prime Minister role […]

Japan to Invest $600m in Kurdistan

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has allocated US$600 million [700 billion Iraqi dinars] for service projects in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, according to Aswat al-Iraq. The media director of the Region’s Planning Ministry, Adnan Haji Kaka, told the agency on Wednesday that, "Kurdistan’s Planning Minister, Ali Sindi, has discussed with JICA’s Chairman, Aquari Satochi […]

New Power Stations in Basra

Local government in Basra province announced that a new gas-powered electricity station with a capacity of 500 MW will soon be built in Najibia region in the north of the province. Technical deputy Munthir Niema told NMC that the cost of the station will depend on petro-dollar balance, and its output will be used for […]

Shell Gas Extraction Plant Announced in Basra

The Iraqi Oil Ministry announced on Tuesday plans to establish a natural gas extraction company in Basra in collaboration with Shell, according to reports from AKnews. Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad told the agency that the joint venture would extract the gas from the fields in Basra to power electrical generators. "The company will seek to […]

Iraq will ‘Soon Achieve Self-Sustainability in Oil Products’

Iraq will soon achieve self-sustainability in oil products with the completion of the four new oil refineries now under construction, the Director General of the General Company for Southern Oil Refineries said on Wednesday. “Our production of oil products is presently increasing, as we have boosted the production of petrol about two-fold, and the coming […]


Measuring Corruption in Iraq: Between Perceptions and Reality

The following article was written by Ali Al-Mawlawi, an Iraqi research fellow at Baghdad-based independent think tank, the Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform. It was published by openDemocracy, and is reproduced here under their Creative Commons licence. The World Bank has described corruption as ‘the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development.” The prospects […]

Gulf Keystone Gains on New Drilling

Shares in Gulf Keystone  Petroleum (LSE: GKP) gained 4% this morning following the commencement of drilling at the Shaikan-2 appraisal well. The text of the company's announcement follows: Gulf Keystone announces the commencement of drilling operations on its Shaikan-2 appraisal well, on December 1, 2010. This is the first deep appraisal well to be drilled […]

Over $100m New Arms Sales to Iraq

The United States Department of Defense has issued notification of proposed sales of arms from the US to Iraq. General Dynamics is to be the prime contractor on a $36m deal for the supply of ammunition for Iraq's Abrams M1A1 tanks (pictured). The sale consists of: 14,010 TP-T M831A1 120mm Cartridges; 16,110 TPCSDS-T M865 120mm […]