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Vinson and Elkins to advise Iraq on Arbitration with Turkey


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By John Lee.

Iraq's Ministry of Oil has engaged the Texas-based law firm Vinson and Elkins as a legal advisor in the US.

Partner James Lloyd Loftis will meet with representatives of the Department of State, at their request, regarding a pending arbitration proceeding between Iraq and the Republic of Turkey.

The Ministry will pay Mr Loftus a fee of $900 per hour for his advice in this matter.

During the period beginning 60 days prior to the date of the registrant's obligation to register under US's Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the firm received more than $2.1 million from the Ministry for non-registrable legal services.

The firm has advised Baghdad on other matters in the past.

(Source: FARA)

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US Law Firm Awarded for Iraq Advisory Role


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By John Lee.

New York-based law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has won the Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year award at Law.com International's Middle East Legal Awards 2022.

According to a press release from the firm, it "was recognized for advising on Iraq's gas growth integrated project, one of the largest projects ever in Iraq."

The firm represented the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and two Iraqi state-owned companies, Basra Oil Company (BOC) and South Gas Company (SGC), in the major $27-billion investment project with France's TotalEnergies.

Cleary partner Andrew Bernstein and associate Jad Nasr were mentioned as part of the team advising the Iraqi government in a Law.com International article about the deal.

The firm had previously advised Iraq's oil ministry on a $17.2 billion deal with Shell and Mitsubishi to develop the infrastructure required to process natural gas in the southern part of Iraq.

(Source: Cleary Gottlieb)

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GKP appoints new Non-Executive Director


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Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has announced the appointment of Kimberley Wood as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 01 October 2018.

Kimberley Wood is a legal professional with 18 years' experience and a specialist in the oil and gas sector.  Most recently she was Head of the Oil and Gas for EMEA at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and remains a Senior Consultant for the firm. Throughout her career she has advised a wide range of companies in the sector, from small independents through to super majors.

Ms. Wood was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins RLLP from February 2011 to April 2015, and was previously at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. She was included as an expert in Energy and Natural Resources in the 2018 "Expert Guide" series and Women in Business Law, 2018 and is a member of the Advisory Board to the City of London Geological Forum.

Ms. Wood is currently a Non-Executive Director of Africa Oil Corp., an E&P company listed on the TSX (Canada) and Nasdaq OMX (Stockholm), with assets in Kenya and Ethiopia and a member of the Lundin Group.

Following Ms. Wood's appointment, the Board will review the composition of the Board Committees.

Jaap Huijskes, Gulf Keystone's Non-Executive Chairman, said:

"We are pleased to welcome Kimberley to the Board of Gulf Keystone Petroleum. She is a highly respected legal practitioner who has been counselling Boards for the past two decades.  We very much look forward to Kimberly's contribution, in particular in this exciting phase of investment and of markedly increasing production from Shaikan."

(Source: GKP)

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Iraqi Govt Ministries to Attend Oil Conference in Berlin


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Iraqi Government Ministries heading to Berlin for International Meeting in February

Iraq’s oil and gas industry has started 2018 with invigorating news including new blocks to be offered at a bidding round in May, several high profile deals finalised with international companies as well as the continued upstream reforms led by Minister of Oil Jabbar Al Luaibi, which aim to enhance investment conditions and establish the country as the next oil and gas cluster.

We invite all international companies to participate. This new exploration bidding round aims to maximise reserves… We are keen to make significant changes to the new exploration model contracts, and to adopt a new commercial and financial model different from the service contract,” stated Jabbar Al Luaibi (Reuters)

CWC Iraq Petroleum, taking place in Berlin, Germany on 27-28 February 2018, brings you comprehensive updates on this new energy vision, directly from the Government of Iraq, the Federal Parliament of Iraq and the Ministry of Oil alongside the established international supermajors already operating in Iraq.

The event is held with the backing of Chevron, Shell, Lukoil, Total, Baker Hughes a GE Company, GardaWorld, Vinson & Elkins, OilSERV, RSK, ILF Consulting and RPSC.

This important meeting, now on its 12th year, provides an official platform for industry leaders to meet directly with Government officials to discuss the future of the industry as well as network and build lasting partnerships enabling commercial projects to become a reality.

Iraqi Government delegations attending the meeting include:

  • Iraq Government
  • Iraq Presidency
  • Iraq Parliament
  • Iraq Ministry of Oil
  • Iraq Ministry of Electricity
  • Iraq Ministry of Industry and Minerals
  • Iraq Ministry of Environment
  • Basra Governorate
  • Baghdad Provincial Council

View the full list of speakers and programme here or visit cwciraqpetroleum.com

(Source: CWC)

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Iraq Petroleum Conference - Agenda Announced


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The annual Iraq Petroleum Conference, now in its eleventh edition, is set to once again gather the leaders of Iraq’s Oil & Gas industry to discuss the major opportunities and strategies for the newly emerging energy landscape.

Organised by energy events experts CWC Group and proudly working alongside the main government institutions in Iraq: the Iraq Federal Government, Iraq Federal Parliament, Ministry of Oil and Ministry of Electricity, the Conference has established itself as the yearly platform where internationals meet with the country’s energy experts.

Spread over two days, the Programme features important panel discussions and interactive debates led by Iraq’s Minister of Oil, H.E. Jabbar Al Liabi, and will have the participation from established companies in the industry such as Shell, Rante, Chevron, Total, Lukoil, Oil Serve, Pilot Energy, GardaWorld, Baker Hughes and Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Distinguished speakers include:

  • E. Jabbar Al Liabi, Minister of Oil, Federal Government of Iraq
  • E. Dr Salih Husain Ali, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq, Federal Government of Iraq
  • London, UK
  • Dr Falah Jassim Alamri, Director General of SOMO, Ministry of Oil, Federal Government of Iraq
  • Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman, Lambert Energy Advisory
  • Zaid Elyaseri, Iraq Country Manager, BP Iraq
  • Ian MacDonald, Former Vice President, Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration & Production, Chevron
  • Marcus Antonini, Iraq Vice President & Country Chairman, Shell
  • Ambassador James Franklin Jeffrey, Former Senior American Diplomat, Middle East, Turkey, Germany & the Balkans
  • Shawki Al-Khalisi, Head of Studies, Arab Petroleum Training Institute, OAPEC, Ministry of Oil, Federal Government of Iraq
  • Loris Tealdi, Managing Director, ENI Iraq b.v.

(View the full speaker list here)

Following the official opening keynotes, the speakers will address important topics for the industry, dedicating a session to each of the following:

  • Iraq a Major Oil & Gas Player: Strategies for the New Energy Landscape
  • Iraq’s Oil & Gas Operators: The Value of Partnerships in Developing Energy for Iraq’s Future Generations
  • Iraq’s Oil & Gas Development Projects: Cooperation, Innovation & Investment
  • Crude Oil Pricing & Trading: Understanding Global Trends in Crude Oil Trading in Light of Iraq’s Increased Exports
  • Iraq’s Gas Projects: Commercial & Financial Considerations
  • Innovative Financing Solutions for Iraq’s Energy Sector
  • Iraq’s Power Sector: Outlining Projects & Raising Capital for New Projects
  • Building Iraq: Securing the Energy Critical Infrastructure

(View the full programme here)

More information at: http://www.cwciraqpetroleum.com/

(Source: CWC)

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Legal Firm to Pursue Buyers of Kurdish Oil


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By John Lee.

The Iraqi government has reportedly engaged the law firm Vinson and Elkins to target  buyers of the crude oil which they say is being illegally exported from Iraqi Kurdistan.

A anonymous Iraqi source told Reuters:

This is not a game. Anyone who buys this oil is doing something illegal ... We will target the companies because they are the ones who will monetize and pay for the Kurdish oil. How else can it get onto the market?

In early January, the Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz confirmed that 300,000 bpd of crude was being pumped via a new pipeline to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

(Source: Reuters)

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Vinsons, Cleary Advising Iraq on $17bn Gas Deal


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Vinson & Elkins and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are advising Iraq’s oil ministry in a $17.2 billion deal with Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi to develop the infrastructure required to process natural gas in the southern part of Iraq.

The transaction agreements, which were signed on 27th November, came as Iraq attempts to rebuild its oil and gas industry following years of sanctions and conflict.

The 25-year contract, one of the biggest deals that Iraq has signed in recent times, will see the creation of a new company, the Basra Gas Company (BGC).

The BGC will process gas from three large fields near Basrah in Southern Iraq in order to satisfy domestic consumption requirements, and will also have the right to pursue a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or other gas export project for any remaining gas.

The Vinsons team includes partners Christopher Strong and Ahmed el-Gaili, while the Cleary Gottlieb team includes partners Andrew Bernstein and Gamal Abouali. “We are thrilled to be working with the Ministry on such an innovative and large-scale project,” said Ayman Khaleq, Middle East managing partner at Vinson & Elkins, in a statement.

“The signing… was a key milestone for this deal, which is significant to the overall gas industry in Iraq, and it’s a privilege to be a part of that.” 

(Source: Legal Business Online)

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Basra International Oil & Gas Conference


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Basra International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition

25–28 November 2010

International Exhibition Center, Basra – IRAQ

Our participants has passed 100!

Why Exhibit

  • Have a key role in rebuilding of Iraqi Oil & Gas Sector.
  • Build a network of new and productive business contacts and establish local partnerships which is important to do business in the region
  • Meet with state officials whose purpose is to promote private sector involvement
  • Develop your profile by supporting conference that will be taking place at the event or by being a sponsor of the exhibition

Basra Oil & Gas Conference Part

Our conference programme’s draft is ready and speakers will be put in order after the election of abstracts by our conference commitee.

Speakers whose abstracts are approved up-to-now:

National Iranian Oil Company Abdollah Esmaili
Chemical Engineering Department, Basrah University, Basrah, Iraq Assist.  Prof. Dr. Ala'a Abdulrazaq & Eng. Abeer Al-Hamdani
Breitling Oil and Gas Chris Faulkner, CEO
Baghdad University, Department of Petroleum Engineering & Maysan Oil Company Dr. Sameera M. Hamad-Allah & Mr. Munqith N. Reshag
Bentec GmbH Drilling & Oilfield Systems Thomas Kipker
Islamic Azad University, Omidieh Branch, Iran Maryam Dehghani
Department of Petroleum Engineering, Baghdad University Mohammed Muhy Daway Al-Temeemy and Nuha Rajy Nahy Al-Masody
North Oil Refinery Company & South Oil Company Iman Hasan Kareem & Wathiq J. Mohammed Al-Mudhafer
National Iranian South Oil Company, Ahvaz, Khouzestan, Iran & China National Logging Company(CNLC) Reza Salehi Moorkani & Fatemeh Deilami
Weatherford International Robert Kuchinski
Sun Petroleum Consultancy Co Dr. Adam Ibrahim
Weatherford International Hamed Soroush, Said Zaki and Hani Qutob
Shell Abu Dhabi & Weatherford International Salar Babajan & Hani Qutob
Petrolog Tariq Shafiq
Global Energy Talent Yagya Abuja
Vinson & Elkins LLP Christopher Strong and James Loftis

Due date for submission of abstracts for papers has been extended to September 15th.

Sergi Tour Inc., the official travel agency for Basra Oil & Gas has announced the Accommodation Program. Please visit: http://www.basraoilgas.com/travel_and_accommodation.html

We have announced “official forwarder” and “official custom stand designers” of Basra Oil & Gas 2010. Please visit : http://www.basraoilgas.com/services.html

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details…

Burcu Uca ( Sales Representative) [email protected]
Nazli Candemir ( Event Director) [email protected]
Cagatay Ersahin ( Event Director) [email protected]

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