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Emergency Meeting on Food Security in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has held an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss food security following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The meeting included the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Planning, Trade, Agriculture, Water Resources, Industry, the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, and a number of advisors. As the situation […]

Iraq Refuses to Condemn Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Shelly Kittleson for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Militias support Russian invasion as Iraq refuses to condemn Iraq has aligned with China and Iran in abstaining from a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine. […]

Appetite for Iraqi Oil Grows as Buyers Shun Russia

By Ruxandra Iordache for Argus Media. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has received requests for additional crude supply as buyers seek alternatives to Russian volumes, according to a senior Iraqi official. Click here to […]

Iraqi Central Bank may Stop Financial Dealings with Russia

By Layal Shakir, for Rudaw. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi central bank suggests halting business, financial dealings with Russia The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) on Wednesday suggested halting business operations and financial dealings with Russia following America's far-reaching sanctions […]

Iraq Air Force resumes use of L-159 Strike Aircraft

By John Lee. The Iraqi Air Force has resumed tasking its Czech-made L-159 and Russian-made Su-25 strike aircraft again for operations during the quarter. According to a recent report from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), the L-159's combat tasking is notable since it had not been used for operations in nearly 5 years. […]

Iraq to drop Russian MiGs for Turkish Drones?

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly decided to spend $100 million to buy Bayraktar TB2 drones (UAVs), manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar Defence, rather than Russian MiG-29 fighter jets. More here. (Source: Pravda)

Block 10 More Attractive for Lukoil than West Qurna 2

Writing in Oil Price, Simon Watkins points out that the $5.99-per-barrel remuneration that Lukoil will receive under its technical service contract at Block 10 is considerably better than its $1.15/barrel payment at West Qurna 2. Block 10 includes the Eridu field, which has indicated oil reserves of between 7 and 12 billion barrels, and a […]

Chevron's Oil Deal with Iraq "is One to Watch"

Writing in Oil Price, Simon Watkins says that, given the negative history of dealing with China over the Nassiriyah project and the fact that Russia is occupied elsewhere in the country and the region, the United States might be in an unusually positive position to take a significant role in either the Nassiriyah field development […]

LUKoil files Development Plan for Iraq's Eridu Oilfield

By John Lee. Russia's LUKoil and Japan's Inpex Corporation have applied to Iraq's state-owned Dhi-Qar Oil Company (DQOC) for what Lukoil describes as "commerciality of reserves", and filed a preliminary proposal on the development of the Eridu oil field within Block-10. According to Lukoil, geological exploration has proved significant reserves, making Eridu the largest discovery […]

West Qurna-2 produces its One-Billionth Barrel of Oil

By John Lee. Iraq's West Qurna-2 oilfield has just produced its one-billionth barrel of oil. At a ceremony to mark the event, which was attended by Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov, Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said the field started with production of 220,000 bpd, rising to 400,000 bpd, with plans for peak production of 800,000 […]

Iraq tries to persuade Lukoil to stay at West Qurna

By John Lee. Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar has reportedly told reporters that Iraq hopes LUKoil will keep its stake in the West Qurna-2 oil field. Russian news agency TASS quotes the Minister as saying that Iraq is "negotiating improvement of conditions" for the project. In¬† July, Lukoil Chief Executive¬†Vagit Alekperov was quoted as saying […]