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Iraq Ranked Last in Good Country Index

By John Lee. Iraq has been ranked last out of 153 countries in this year's Good Country Index, placing it just behind Libya and Yemen. Iran was ranked 138th. The idea of the Good Country Index to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, […]

Petrel Resources "Re-Establishing its Baghdad Operations"

Irish-based Petrel Resources has said it is "re-establishing its Baghdad operations". In its interim statement for the six months ended 30 June 2018, the company said: "As we approach the end of 2018, Iraq is fitfully emerging from conflict, and again open for responsible business.  Baghdad has re-established its authority, by defeating Da'ech insurgents and […]

Petrel Resources takes €4.1m Impairment on Iraq

By John Lee. Irish-based Petrel Resources has taken a €4.1 million impairment of its investment in Iraq: "In August 2013, Petrel did a deal with Amira in Iraq whereby, for US$500,000 in cash plus 18,947,368 initial consideration shares (which were to be locked-in until spudding of the first oil well by our partners), Petrel acquired […]

Petrel Resources Shares Slump following Iraq Settlement

By John Lee. Shares in Irish-based Petrel Resources were trading 20 percent down on Friday after the company said it had reached a settlement in respect of the disposal of 2.2 million Petrel shares by Amira Petroleum's advisers notwithstanding a lock-in agreement entered into on 19 August 2013. According to the company:  On 14 August […]

Petrel Resources "Incurs no Costs" in Iraq

By John Lee. In its Interim Statement for period ended 30 June 2015, Irish-based Petrel Resources issued the following update on its operations in Iraq: "Our third theatre of activities is Iraq, where we have had a presence for 18 years. The original Petrel interest was in Block 6 in the Western Desert between Baghdad […]

Petrel says "Virtually no Activity" in Iraq

By John Lee. In a statement to the company's Annual General Meeting in Dublin on Wednesday, the Chairman of Petrel Resources, John Teeling, said that there is "virtually no activity" at the company's interests in Iraq. "The Block 6 acreage in Anbar province is a no-go area. There remains a belief that the authorities in […]

Dragon Oil Updates on Block 9 Progress

By John Lee. In its Interim Management Statement this morning, Dragon Oil gave the following update on its operations at Block 9 in Iraq: "In 2014, the partners in Block 9 in Iraq, announced the discovery of oil in two formations in the consortium's first exploration well, Faihaa-1 in which Dragon Oil holds 30 percent. […]

Broker Tips Petroceltic

By John Lee. Shares in Petroceltic plc were trading up nearly 4 percent on Tuesday, following a positive note from a London-based broker. Peel Hunt analyst James Carmichael claims that near-term drilling in Iraqi Kurdistan could significantly increase Petroceltic’s resource base. Proactiveinvestors says the broker has a ‘buy’ recommendation and a 202p price target for […]

Petroceltic Shares Slump, CEO Increases Stake

By John Lee. Dragon Oil said on Monday that it was backing out of plans to make an offer of 230 pence a share for Irish operator Petroceltic, which has interests in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shares in Petroceltic closed down 35 percent at 112.45 pence on Monday, 50 percent below their recent peak. Chief Executive Brian […]

SNC-Lavalin/Kentz Wins $97m Deal

By John Lee. SNC-Lavalin has announced that Kentz Corporation, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has signed a Project Management Contractor Agreement in Iraq with one of the world's leading blue-chip International Oil Companies (IOC) for a three-year term with a potential value of up to approximately US$97 million (113 billion Iraqi dinars). The contract […]

Petroceltic Shares Surge on Possible Offer

By John Lee. Shares in Irish-based Petroceltic International have risen more than 20 percent on Monday following the announcement of that the company is in detailed discussions regarding a possible offer to be made by Dragon Oil. With the support of the Board and management team of Petroceltic, Dragon Oil has completed an extensive confirmatory […]