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BOC Boss to Head Iraqi Oil Ministry

By John Lee. Iraq's parliament has approved the appointment of the former head of the Basra Oil Company (BOC) as Minister for Oil. Variously named as Ihsan Ismaeel, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail, and Ihsan Ismaael, he was one of seven cabinet ministers approved on Saturday, completing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's 22-member government. The other posts […]

Iraq's May Oil Revenue Slightly Up

By John Lee. Iraq's Ministry of Oil has announced oil exports for May of 99,585,283 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.212 million barrels per day (bpd), down from the 3.438 million bpd exported in April. These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 96,039,852 barrels, while exports from […]

$115m BP payment to Iraq in 2019

By John Lee. Oil giant BP has just published details of its transactions with the Government of Iraq in 2018 in respect of the Rumaila oilfield, as part of its Report on Payments to Governments 2018. Click on image below to see in more detail: (Source: BP)

Petrofac secures Contract Extension with Basra Oil Company

Petrofac's Engineering & Production Services division (EPS) has secured a further six-month contract extension with Basra Oil Company (BOC) for its long-standing Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP). According to a statement from Petrofac, the confirmation of the contract extension is recognition of Petrofac's successful seven-and-a-half-year track record of safe and efficient delivery and […]

Iraq's Oil-Rig Count Tumbles

By John Lee. Iraq's oil-rig count has reportedly fallen by almost two-thirds this year. Iraqi sources told S&P Global Platts that the total now averages 32 rigs operated by IOCs this month, down from 88 rigs in December 2019. Federal Iraq is averaging 31 rigs this month, compared with 76 in December, while the Iraqi […]

DNO Guides 2020 Production and Spend

By John Lee. DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, today provided production and spend guidance for the balance of the year ahead of its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday. The Company reported that it has implemented the target 35 percent reductions across all spend categories to shrink its 2020 budget by USD 350 […]

Petrel Raises Capital to pursue Iraq Prospects

By John Lee. Petrel Resources Plc (Lon: PET) has announce that the company has arranged a placing with ETX Capital to raise £250,000 (before expenses) via the issue of 7,692,308 new ordinary shares (the "Placing Shares") at a placing price of 3.25p per Placing Share. Subject to the appointment of responsible officials by the new […]

Foreign Staff Evacuated from Basra Gas Company

 By John Lee. Shell has reportedly evacuated its foreign staff who had been working at the Basra Gas Company (BGC). BGC executives told Reuters that around 60 staff were flown out on Wednesday after workers who had been laid off staged a protest. Shell has a 44-percent stake in the $17-billion, 25-year BGC project, with […]

Petrel Resources considers Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. Petrel Resources has announced that it is interested in the 'fresh opportunities' in Iraq thrown up by the turbulent oil price and political events of recent months. In a statement, the company said that its Iraqi Director, Riadh Ani, is coordinating discussions with the Ministry of Oil in Baghdad to take advantage […]

Iraq Denies Plans to Shut al-Ahdab Field

By John Lee. Iraq's oil ministry has denied a report from Bloomberg that it plans to shut down the al-Ahdab oil field in Wasit due to protests. In a statement the Ministry said the protests near the field are not related to the oil industry, but to the administration of the province. (Source: Ministry of […]

Iraq's Economy on the Precipice - Reform Needed

Iraq's economy is on the precipice - reforming the energy sector is a key part of the solution The publication of the following commentary follows a conversation between the IEA's Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol (pictured), and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq, who recently took office. It examines one of the key topics of […]