Tag Archives | Exxon

Cabinet approves $480m Drilling Deal in Southern Iraq

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. Following discussions, the Cabinet approved a bid from Schlumberger to drill 96 wells for the Basra Oil Company (BOC) and ExxonMobil. The company has previously worked at ExxonMobil's West Qurna 1 field in southern Iraq. […]

DNO Buys Exxon's Stake in Iraqi Oilfield

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has announced the acquisition of ExxonMobil's 32 percent interest in the Baeshiqa license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, doubling DNO's operated stake to 64 percent (80 percent paying interest), pending government approval. The Company plans to continue an exploration and appraisal program on the license while […]

How China "Took Control" of Exxon's Iraqi Oilfield

How China Took Control Of Exxon's Supergiant Iraqi Oilfield Recent reports suggest that Chinese oil giants China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are "considering acquiring" U.S. oil titan ExxonMobil's 32.7 per cent stake in Iraq's supergiant West Qurna 1 oil and gas field. Writing in Oil Price, Simon Watkins […]

China to Buy of Exxon's stake in West Qurna?

By John Lee. The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are reportedly considering acquiring Exxon Mobil's remaining stake in Iraq's West Qurna 1 oilfield. According to sources cited by Bloomberg, the stake could fetch more than $500 million. ExxonMobil originally had a 60% stake in the field, but sold […]

DNO Completes Baeshiqa Testing, Prepares to Spud Next Well

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has announced completion of testing and appraisal of the Baeshiqa-2 exploration well in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the imminent spud of an exploration well on a separate prospect, Zartik, located 15 kilometers southeast on the same license. The testing has proven oil and gas in […]

Oil Ministry's “Odious Contract Trap” with ExxonMobil

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Ministry of Oil and the “Odious Contract’ Trap” with ExxonMobil’ Consortium Talks have intensified recently about the continuation of negotiations between the Ministry of Oil (MoO) and ExxonMobil/CNPC consortium that might […]

Exxon's $53bn Iraq deal "in Difficulty"

By John Lee. ExxonMobil's giant oil project in southern Iraq is reportedly on hold. According to Reuters, a combination of contractual difficulties and security concerns is delaying agreement on the $53-billion Southern Iraq Integrated Project, which includes the construction of a water treatment plant needed to boost oil production. The deal would have seen Exxon […]

Rocket attack on Oil Workers' Camp

By John Lee. A rocket has hit a residential and oil operations headquarters near Basra city, wounding three workers at an Iraqi drilling company. The short-range Katyusha missile hit a compound in Burjesia which is used by several international oil companies (IOCs), including ExxonMobil. Oil production and exports are not expected to be affected. (Sources: […]

Exxon Increases Production at West Qurna 1

By John Lee. Production at the West Qurna 1 oilfield has reportedly reached 465,000 barrels per day (bpd), following the completion of new crude processing facilities and oil storage tanks. Officials told Reuters on Monday that the field was previously producing about 440,000 bpd. Exxon's foreign staff were present at a ceremony to launch the […]

Iraq’s Oil Sector caught in crossfire between US, Iran

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. ExxonMobil evacuated dozens of its non-Iraqi employees from Iraq on May 18. The evacuation follows a US State Department decision to withdraw its non-essential staff from the US Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate […]

Exxon Ex-Pats "to return to West Qurna 1"

By John Lee. According to a report from Reuters, employees from Exxon Mobil will start returning to work at the West Qurna 1 oilfield on Sunday. Sources told the news agency that the company had received assurances from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and the Basra Oil Company (BOC) that its staff would receive extra […]

Oil Minister slams Exxon decision to Evacuate Staff

By John Lee. Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban has criticised ExxonMobil's decision to temporarily evacuate staff from the West Qurna oil field as “unacceptable and unjustified”. In a statement on Sunday, he said the move was "political", and pointed out that other international oil companies are continuing to work freely. According to CNN, the company evacuated […]