Tag Archives | Kirkuk Oilfields

Conflict over Kirkuk Oil Returns

By Omar Sattarfor Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On March 2, a military force affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by former President Jalal Talabani seized the North Oil Company in Kirkuk province. The military […]

Oil Ministry "Unaware" of Kirkuk Oil Deal

By John Lee. A spokesperson of the Iraqi oil ministry has told Rudaw that the Ministry is not aware of any agreement between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to end disputes over oil production and exports from the disputed Kirkuk oil fields. Reuters quoted PUK deputy chief Kosrat Rasul […]

Iran, Iraq Sign MoU to Export Kirkuk Oil

Iraq’s Oil Ministry announced that Tehran and Baghdad have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to carry out studies on the construction of a pipeline to export crude oil from the northern Iraqi fields of Kirkuk via Iran. In a statement, the Iraqi ministry said the agreement was signed during a recent ceremony in the […]

Kirkuk Pipeline hit by 'Technical Defect'

A pipeline pumping around 90,000 bpd from a field near Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured) via Kurdistan reportedly stopped operations on Monday morning due to a "technical defect". North Oil Company (NOC) sources told Reuters on Wednesday that maintenance teams are working to repair the pipeline, which is expected to resume operations within […]

Baghdad wants to take back Kirkuk Oil Fields

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has said it will try to retake full control of all Kirkuk oilfields that were administered by the North Oil Company (NOC) before the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) entered Iraqi territories, and "before the Peshmerga forces seized some oil wells during the previous government.” It […]

Video: Oil Field and Gas Facility Attacked

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Militants assaulted a gas facility and a nearby oil field in north Iraq on Sunday, killing five people in rare attacks inside Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk province, officials said:

Explosions hit Two Oil Wells in Kirkuk

By John Lee. Explosions have been reported at two oil wells near territory controlled by the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) in northern Iraq on Wednesday. Production was halted at the Khabbaz oilfield, 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, in a region under control of the Kurdish peshmerga forces, according to Reuters. […]

KRG Tightens Grip on Oil with Kirkuk Deal

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government is cementing control over oil produced in the north of the country by agreeing to sell crude pumped in the contested province of Kirkuk, according to a report from Bloomberg Business. Kirkuk Governor Najmuddin Omar Karim (pictured) told Bloomberg that the agreement covers oil produced in Kirkuk, which Kurdish […]

Ceyhan Tanker Cancellations Increase

By John Lee. Oil firms expecting to load Kirkuk crude at the Turkish port of Ceyhan have had to cancel tankers, as the Kurdistan Regional Government ramps up independent oil sales at the expense of sales through the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). According to a report from Reuters, tanker cancellations included Eni’s Seanostrum, Socar’s […]

Air Energi Wins New Contract with BP Iraq

Air Energi has been awarded its first major contract with BP Iraq. The five year agreement will see Air Energi deliver talent acquisition services to support BP Iraq’s operations in the Middle East. The agreement includes the supply of expatriate talent to support Iraq’s giant Rumaila and Kirkuk oil fields. With estimated recoverable reserves of […]

BP's Kirkuk Contact Extended

By John Lee. The President of BP Iraq, Michael Townshend, has said that the company has extended an agreement with the Ministry of Oil to boost production at the Kirkuk oilfield. Reuters quotes him as saying "We had a letter of intent, which was for a year, and we extended that until the end of this […]

Iraq to Double Exports of Kirkuk Crude

By John Lee. Fouad Hussein, a member of the Kirkuk provincial council’s oil and gas committee, has told Bloomberg that Iraq will double shipments of Kirkuk crude “in the coming few weeks” from about 150,000 bpd currently to 300,000 bpd. To achieve this, he said that it will be necessary to install a new pipeline […]