By John Lee. OPEC ministers have failed to agree on a new secretary general and have asked Abdalla el-Badri to stay in the post for another year. Four countries had been competing for the job -- Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Ecuador -- but Ecuador’s candidate, oil minister Wilson Pastor-Morris, announced last week that he […]
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Reuters reports that OPEC has delayed a meeting of officials to help select its new secretary general, putting off delicate talks that could reignite rivalry for influence as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq seek the top post. A panel of officials was initially planned to convene at OPEC's Vienna headquarters during August, but the meeting […]
Iraq's oil production targets may be revisited, as the country refines its plans to ramp up output. Thamir Ghadhban, Chairman of the Advisory Commission to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, told CWC's Iraq Petroleum 2012 conference in London that production will hit 3.4 million barrels per day (bpd) at the end of 2012, 3.9 million bpd […]
In Iraq’s fevered political climate, no deal makes everyone happy, and the oil contracts could easily become a casualty as Iyad Allawi, the declared winner in last month’s election, begins the messy process of stitching together a governing coalition.