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Glencore "Pre-Pays $300m" for Kurdish Oil

By John Lee. Anglo–Swiss commodity trader Glencore has reportedly paid Iraqi Kurdistan $300 million as an advance for oil shipments. Anonymous sources told Reuters that the company made a prepayment in recent days, and will start receiving crude from mid-year. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Monday it had received $100 million in February […]

Is Sima a Front for Trafigura in Iraq?

By John Lee. Four industry sources have told Reuters that Swiss oil trader Trafigura is still indirectly supplying gasoline to Iraq through another firm, despite being banned from participating in tenders for 2013 after buying oil from Iraqi Kurdistan. Baghdad's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) finalised a deal in November to buy 1.56 million tonnes […]

Vitol "Apologises" for Kurdish Oil Purchase

By John Lee. Reuters reports that top oil trader Vitol has apologised to the Iraqi government for buying Kurdish oil that was exported via Turkey without Baghdad's permission. Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul-Kareem Luaibi [Elaibi] said on in Vienna: "In terms of Vitol, they have cancelled the Kurdish amount and they apologised officially ... As for […]

Russia's LUKoil "Exported Kurdish Oil"

By John Lee. Reuters reports that LUKoil, Russian’s biggest non-state oil producer, which is believed to be considering buying ExxonMobil's stake in the West Qurna-1 oil field, has bought oil from Kurdistan in defiance of Baghdad. Baghdad has long insisted it has the sole right to export oil, but LUKoil's Geneva-based trading arm Litasco has […]

Kurdistan "Begins Oil Exports, Defying Baghdad"

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Kurdistan has begun shipping oil to international markets in independent export deals that some see as paving the way to greater Kurdish autonomy. The move is likely to further enrage the central government in Baghdad, but the involvement of two of the world's largest trading houses, Trafigura and Vitol, […]

Iraq Awards Gasoline and Gasoil Contracts

Bloomberg reports that Iraq has awarded gasoline and gasoil supply contracts for the first half of the year. Traders Trafigura Beheer BV, Glencore International AG, and International Petroleum Group of Kuwait won contracts to supply gasoline through June, three of the people said, asking not to be identified since the discussions are confidential. Iraq will […]