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LUKoil announces Plans for Iraq's Block 10

By John Lee. The head of Russia's LUKoil has said that the company plans to start production at Iraq's Block 10 at the end of 2022 or in 2023. Vagit Alekperov (pictured) told a Reuters that output will start at 30,000 barrels per day (bpd). The field is being developed by LUKoil (60%) and Inpex […]

Increasing Oil Production at West Qurna 2

By John Lee. Iraq's Oil Minister, Ihssan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, has announced the start of experimental operations at the Yamamah reservoir in the West Qurna 2 oil field, with the aim of increasing output from the reservoir from 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 350,000 bpd. When fully implemented, the development would bring total production at […]

New Russian Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. On 25 May 2021, Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Fuad Hussein received a copy of the credentials of H.E. Mr. Elbrus Kutrashev, the Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Baghdad. The two sides held talks on ways to improve bilateral relations between the two countries, and the importance of enhancing cooperation opportunities […]

Iraq in Talks to build Nuclear Reactors

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly in talks with Russia, France and the United States regarding the construction of three civil nuclear reactors. According to The New Arab, the Head of the Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority (IRSRA) said that several preliminary meetings had been held to study the feasibility of setting up the reactors. […]

Iraqi Oil Minister Visits Tatneft HQ

By John Lee. On a recent visit to the Russian republic of Tatarstan, Iraq's Oil Minister Ihssan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail attended a presentation that the headquarters of the oil company Tatneft. The Iraqi delegation also visited the Taneco Oil Refining Complex, the Kama Tyres manufacturing plant, and the Nizhnekamsk Truck Tyre Factory. Nail Maganov, General Director […]

Iraq Approves Russian COVID Vaccine

By John Lee. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia's sovereign wealth fund, has announced the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by Iraq's Ministry of Health. Iraq has become the 45th country in the world to register Sputnik V. The vaccine was registered under the emergency use authorization procedure. (Source: RDIF)

Russian Oil Firm to Finance Nassiriyah Development

By John Lee. The Dhi Qar Oil Company (DQOC) has reportedly said that Litasco, the international marketing and trading company of Russia's LUKOIL, will finance the doubling of capacity at the Nassiriyah oil field from 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) t0 200,000 bpd. The project includes a 42-kilometer pipeline, and will be a joint venture […]

Gazprom Neft developing Fourth Well at Sarqala

By John Lee. Russia's Gazprom Neft has produced its four-millionth tonne (32-millionth barrel) of oil since starting commercial development of the Sarqala field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Three wells are now in operation at this field, with daily production running at about 3,100 tonnes (24,000 barrels) per day. Limitations arising under the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, Gazprom […]

Mansuriya Gas Contract "Cancelled"; Russia "Extremely Interested"

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly cancelled a contract to develop its Mansuriya gas field near the Iranian border. Iraq Business News understands that, under a deal agreed in 2010, the field was being developed by Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) (37.5%), Iraqi Oil Exploration Company (25%), Kuwait Energy (KEC) (22.5%), and Kogas (15%). According to Reuters, […]

Lukoil and Iraqi PM discuss Cooperation

The Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, and Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail, received a delegation from LUKOIL on Monday, headed by its President Vagit Alekperov (pictured). The meeting was also attended by the Russian Ambassador Maxim Maximov. The parties discussed the progress of the West Qurna-2 project and Eridu field (Block-10), as […]

Oil Minister meets with Chinese and Russian IOCs

By John Lee. The director of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has presented his company's plans for the development of the Bazergan [Buzurgan] oil field in Maysan to Iraq's Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar. In a separate meeting on Wednesday, the Minister also received the CEO of Lukoil in Iraq, Igor Zubarev, who gave […]