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Iraq may Buy Exxon stake in West Qurna 1

By John Lee. Press reports quote Iraq's oil minister as saying that Iraq could buy ExxonMobil's 32.7-percent stake in the West Qurna 1 oil field. Ihssan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail told a news conference on Monday that the government might purchase the stake via the state-owned Basra Oil Company (BOC). BOC previously took over the Majnoon field […]

Chinese Company to Develop Iraq's Mansuriyah Gas Field

By John Lee. The Chinese company Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation) has won a contract to develop the Mansuriyah gas field in Diyala. The field, near the Iranian border, is expected to produce 300 million standard cubic feet (Mmscf) per day of gas, which will be used for electricity generation. In 2010, an agreement […]

Iraq Receives First Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine

By John Lee. On Saturday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health announced the arrival of the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 (coronavirus). It also received another new batch of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. The Ministry said it plans to vaccinate 12 million citizens this year. (Source: Govt of Iraq)

New Contracts for Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC)

By John Lee. The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has announced its intention to conclude contracts with Chinese and American companies operating in Iraq to drill and rehabilitate dozens of oil wells in the country. The company indicated it is about to start drilling 20 wells in the Nasiriyah field in Dhi Qar, which are included […]

Cabinet Extends Contracts of KBR and Antonoil at Majnoon

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet has approved the renewal of two contracts at the Majnoon oil field. Chinese company Anton Oilfield Services Group (Antonoil) is to continue to provide Integrated Field Management, while the American company KBR will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM). The decision allows for the extension of the contracts […]

Iraq to buy Chinese COVID Vaccine

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. At the start of the meeting, the Prime Minister praised the efforts of state institutions and agencies to ensure the implementation of curfew regulations, and thanked all citizens for adhering to preventative health measures. Following […]

Iraq "Pauses Oil Pre-Payment deal with China"

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly "put on hold" it oil contract with China's Zhenhua Oil. The multi-billion-dollar agreement would have seen Zhenhua pre-pay Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) for a regular supply of crude oil. Oil prices have risen significantly since the deal was struck. More here. (Source: S&P Global)

Chinese Consortium to Develop Dhi Qar Refinery

By John Lee. Iraq's Ministry of Oil has signed an outline agreement with a Chinese consortium for the development of the Dhi Qar refinery. A Ministry official described the signing of the initial principles agreement as an important step forward, and a prelude to the signing of the final investment contract for the Dhi Qar […]

Iraq signs $2bn Oil Deal with Chinese Firm

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly awarded a Chinese company a deal which would see it paying $2 billion upfront for a year's supply of oil. Alaa al-Yasiri, General Manager of State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) told Iraqi News Agency (INA) that a Chinese company had won the contract ahead of a European company, but […]

Drilling approved at East Baghdad Oil Field

By John Lee. Iraq is to renew the contract to drill three new directional (non-vertical) oil wells in the East Baghdad oil field. The decision was approved at the meeting of the Iraqi Cabinet on Tuesday. The field is being developed by China's ZhenHua Oil. (Source: Govt of Iraq)

China "Set to Bail Out Iraq" with Oil Deal

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly poised to sign a multibillion-dollar contract with China's ZhenHua Oil, in what Bloomberg describes as a bailout from Beijing. Under the deal, Iraq's cash-strapped government which will receive money upfront in exchange for long-term oil supplies. Click here to read the full article. (Source: Bloomberg)