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Iraq Bans Poultry Imports due to Avian Flu

By John Lee. Iraq has banned the importion of frozen and live poultry products from two dozen countries. According to a report from Reuters, Baghdad restricted poultry imports from France last month, following a reported outbreak of H5N1 bird flu. The ban now extends to Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, […]

Rompetrol Considers Iraqi Expansion

The Managing Director of Romania's Rompetrol has said that the company is interested in exploring in Iraq. Gavit Kurkimov (pictured) said: "We have just visited Iraq. The main purpose of our visit was to gather information on the possibilities of drilling there ... we do not carry out any activities in Iraq, but have opened […]

Iraq Buys Wheat and Rice

Reuters reports that Iraq has bought 300,000 metric tons of wheat and 150,000 tons of rice According to Hassan Ibrahim, Director General of the Iraqi Grain Board, the rice was all from Thailand, while the wheat was: 150,000 tons from Australia; 100,000 tons from Canada; and, 50,000 tons from Kazakhstan. (Source: Reuters)  

Iraq Needs More Statesmen and Fewer Politicians

We reported last week on the withdrawal of the Kazakhstan-based KazMunaiGas from negotiations on the Akkas gas field in Anbar province. This week the head of KMG, Askar Balzhanov, shed more light on the background to the company's decision, and it reflects very poorly on the Iraqi authorities: "One of the reasons for our withdrawal […]

KazMunaiGas Drops Out of Akkas Gas Deal

KazMunaiGas has informed Iraq's Ministry of Oil that is is withdrawing from negotiations on the Akkas gas field in Anbar province. "Unfortunately, the talks have failed to resolve all issues which emerged at a late stage", the company said in a statement, "and it has not been possible to develop a consensus document that would […]

Winners of Gas-Field Contracts Announced - Full Details

Iraq has awarded three of its established gas fields to foreign consortia in the third stage of an energy sell-off, as the country races to supply gas to local power plants and to export markets. The three fields, in the south, centre and far west of Iraq were sold at or slightly below the price […]