Ministry of Municipalities: No Pollution in Potable Water

DG of Water Office in Ministry of Municipalities and General Labors has confirmed that no pollution in potable water for southern provinces. Media National Center quoted DG Amr Khalil Ismael as saying" information aired by media last week regarding the pollution of water in some southern provinces is baseless, calling for media to be cautious […]

Power Transformation Station in Basra

A new power transformation station will be established in the city of Basra within 23 months, an official of the local council’s electricity department said on Wednesday. “The new station, which is being built near al-Zubair Bridge, west of Basra, will have a production capacity of 400 KV,” Ziyad Ali Fadel told Aswat al-Iraq news […]

Iraqi Oil: Why Are the Majors Willing to Take the Plunge?

If the invasion of Iraq was all about exploiting the country's oil, you'd never know it from the structure of the contracts being signed by the likes of ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Total (NYSE: TOT), and BP (NYSE: BP). In an analysis of the West Qurna 1 license awarded to ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: […]

Potential Risks to Iraqi Production Capacity

The decision by Iraq , to allow international companies to support the development of productive oil fields, is the most important economic decision taken by the government since 2003. The importance of this step is in increasing the production capacity from 2.5 million bpd currently, to 11 million by the year 2017, an increase of […]

Shell Demands Oil Ministry to Sign Gas Contracts

British–Dutch firm, Shell, demanded the Iraqi Oil Ministry to sign the gas investment final contract. “The Ministry delays signing the contract,” Malik Nouri, Shell’s representative in Basra, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday. He said that the contract is extremely important to Iraq, because it brings big amounts of funding to the country.

Gulfsands Gets Approval to Develop Syrian Oil Field

Oil and gas explorer Gulfsands Petroleum Plc (GPX.L) said it received government approval to develop the Yousefieh oil field in Syria. The company, which has operations in Syria, Iraq and the United States, said it got a production license of 25 years for the Yousefieh oil field in Block 26 North East Syria, with the […]

Angola's Sonangol Finalizes Oilfield Deals

Iraq signed final contracts with Angolan state oil company Sonangol on Tuesday to develop the Qayara and Najmah oilfields. Qayara has reserves of some 800 million barrels and Najmah 900 million. Both are in the violent Nineveh province in Iraq's north, where Sunni Islamist insurgents like al Qaeda remain active almost seven years after the […]

New Rural Road in Wassit

The Wassit Gov. Lateef Hamad al-Turfa on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a new rural road south of Kut city. “The road’s length will be 37.5 km,” Majid al-Itabi, Wassit’s media director, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the project will cost ID3.88 billion. “The road will be executed by a local […]

Cornerstone Laid for Southern Kirkuk Road

Kirkuk’s governor laid the cornerstone of a project to pave a road in southern Kirkuk at a total cost of 588 million Iraqi dinars, according to an official source. “The governor Abdulrahman Mustapha laid on Tuesday the cornerstone of a project to pave the road between al-Shirin dam on Lilan road in southern Kirkuk,” the […]

Journalistic Association Condemns Attack on Journalist

The Iraqi Association for Defending Journalists’ Rights on Thursday expressed their condemnation of the attack on correspondent for al-Taakhi newspaper, Qahtan Adnan, two days ago by an Iraqi force in central Baghdad. “The attack took place when the journalist was taking photos in Bab al-Muaatham intersection in central Baghdad on traffic jam,” the association said […]