Tag Archives | State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO)

Iraqi PM Doubles Down on Oil Deals with China and Russia

By Simon Watkins for the OilPrice.com. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's New Prime Minister Doubles Down On Oil & Gas Deals With China And Russia It is possible that U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, believed for a moment that […]

KRG Condemns SOMO Threats to Buyers of Kurdish Crude Oil

From the Kurdistan Regional Government: The Kurdistan Regional Government strongly condemns the letter issued on 23 August 2022, by Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) that threatens legal action against buyers and traders of crude oil produced in the Kurdistan Region. SOMO's letter is nothing more than another drip in a stream of disinformation published […]

Jiyad: IEITI Annual Reports Continue, but Changes are Needed

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. IEITI Annual Reports Continue but Changes in Form, Quality and Substance are Crucial and Needed Iraq Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (IEITI) issued its 2018 annual report and, currently, is processing its combined […]

Basra Energy Company established to run Rumaila Oilfield

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has officially established the new Basra Energy Company (BECL), which will be the main contractor at the giant Rumaila oilfield, under a Technical Service Contract (TSC). Representing BECL at the ceremony, Zaid Elyaseri (BP) said the field will be developed to reach a peak production of 1.7 […]

Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC) holds First Meeting

By John Lee. The recently-created Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC) has held its first meeting in Baghdad. Among the items discussed were the five-year plan for the oil exploration sector, and what were described as "interim and future production and export plans", in coordination with the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). (Source: Ministry of Oil)

Iraq "Pauses Oil Pre-Payment deal with China"

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly "put on hold" it oil contract with China's Zhenhua Oil. The multi-billion-dollar agreement would have seen Zhenhua pre-pay Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) for a regular supply of crude oil. Oil prices have risen significantly since the deal was struck. More here. (Source: S&P Global)

Iraq signs $2bn Oil Deal with Chinese Firm

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly awarded a Chinese company a deal which would see it paying $2 billion upfront for a year's supply of oil. Alaa al-Yasiri, General Manager of State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) told Iraqi News Agency (INA) that a Chinese company had won the contract ahead of a European company, but […]

Jordan "negotiating New Oil Contract with Iraq"

By John Lee. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has reportedly said that Jordan is negotiating with Iraq to resume purchases of crude oil. Shafaq News Agency quotes the company's Director, Alaa al-Yasiri, as saying that Iraq exported no crude oil to Jordan in December due to the expiration of the old contract. More here. […]

Iraq "to launch new Basra Medium Crude"

By John Lee. Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has reportedly notified clients that it plans to launch a third crude oil export grade in January. Sources told Reuters that the 'Basra Medium' grade will be created by splitting the existing Basra Light production into two grades. Click here to read the full article. (Source: […]

Iraq Loses $11bn in 4 Months as Oil Prices Plunge

From Middle East Monitor, under a Creative Commons licence. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has incurred around $11 billion in losses in four months due to the global drop in oil prices, the State Organisation for Marketing of Oil […]

Baghdad sends delegation to Erbil to Resolve Disputes

By Dana Taib Menmy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi President Barham Salih met separately Sept. 18 with four Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leaders — President Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayaq and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani in Erbil, the KRG […]

SOMO Reveals More Important Data

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. SOMO Reveals More Important Data on its Marketing Activities In my latest article I suggested that the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) disclose details on its regular (term contract) marketing activities in […]