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Petroceltic Results and Operational Update

Petroceltic International, the independent oil and gas exploration development and production company focused on the Middle East North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions, today announces its results for the six month period ended 30 June 2013. Highlights: High impact drilling campaigns in Kurdistan and Romania recently commenced $500 million debt refinancing Agreement […]

Petroceltic Spuds Shakrok-1

By John Lee. Petroceltic International has announced that it has spudded two wells: Shakrok-1, the first well in its drilling campaign in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Cobalcescu South, part of its planned multi-well drilling campaign, offshore Romania. Kurdistan Region of Iraq In July 2011 Petroceltic announced that Petroceltic Kurdistan Limited (“Petroceltic Kurdistan”) had […]

KRG and Northern Ireland to Broaden Cooperation

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government visited Northern Ireland this week to take forward an agreement that forges cooperation in several sectors between Kurdistan and Northern Ireland. The delegation, led by Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, was hosted in Enniskillen by Arlene Foster, the Northern Ireland Minister of Enterprise, […]

Petrel Jumps on Iraq Acquisition

By John Lee. Shares in Irish-based explorer Petrel Resources were up as much as 20 percent in early trading on Wednesday following the announcement that the company has agreed to acquire a 20 percent shareholding in Amira Hydrocarbons Wasit B.V. (“Amira”), which is the holder of a 25 per cent carried interest in certain oil […]

Petrel Resources Rockets on Iraq Announcement

By John Lee. Shares in Irish-based exploret Petrel Resources jumped more than 37 percent on Friday, following the announcement of a possible deal in Iraq. The Board said that negotiations on “a potential Iraqi investment are at an advanced stage whereby a private company with extensive hydrocarbon interests in Iraq would inject an asset into […]

Cooperation Between Kurdistan and Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland companies are being encouraged to take advantage of a bonanza of economic opportunities in the Middle East. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was speaking as she welcomed His Excellency Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to Northern Ireland, on a two-day trade and investment visit organised by Invest NI. Minister Foster […]

Petroceltic Updates on Iraqi Operations

By John Lee. As part of its operational update yesterday, Petroceltic gave an update on its operations in Iraqi Kurdistan: An active exploration and development programme is scheduled for 2013 with a capital expenditure budget of US$150 million. Exploration drilling and seismic acquisition accounts for approximately 43 percent of the budget with the balance committed […]

Kentz Wins $55m Iraq Contracts

Kentz has announced the award of three individual, reimbursable, service contracts in Iraq with a total value to the company of circa US$55 million, through its Technical Support Services business unit. Across the three projects, Kentz will provide services over the next three to four years that will oversee the development of in-plant process facilities […]

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Football Star Eyes Iraq Broadband Business

By John Lee. The broadband company belonging to former Irish international soccer player and Sunderland boss Niall Quinn (pictured) is reported to be considering entering the Iraq market. The Irish Independent reports that his company, QSat, has formed a partnership with another Irish company, Altobridge, that could take it into Iraq, where Altobridge already provides […]

Kentz Wins FEED Contract at West Qurna

By John Lee. In its half-yearly report issued on Thursday, Irish engineering services group Kentz announced that it was recently awarded a new engineering design contract in Iraq. The company will serve as the main FEED (front-end engineering and design) contractor on the Tuba Project, comprising part of the overall development of the West Qurna […]

Kurdistan and Northern Ireland sign MoU to Strengthen Relations

By John Lee. Northern Ireland’s Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster (pictured), has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kurdistan Regional Government, which will strengthen trade links and define areas of co-operation between the two regions. The MOU is the result of the Minister’s visit to Kurdistan in October 2011 when she met with […]

Petroceltic Planning to Drill in Kurdistan in 2013

In its preliminary results announcement on Thursday, Irish oil and gas exploration company Petroceltic made the following statement on its operations in Iraqi Kurdistan: Petroceltic has been considering making an investment in the highly prospective Kurdistan region of Iraq for several years. We were attracted by the prospective geology of the region, in the shape […]