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Interview: KRG minister on Iraq oil beef

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurdistan's oil minister, Ashti Hawrami, begins his U.S. tour of political and business leaders from Washington to Texas a hot item with international oil companies, but with icy relations with his counterpart in Baghdad.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

KRG to be self-sufficient, minister says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Residents of Iraq's Kurdish region will have all the fuel and electricity they need within three years and may even export power, its oil minister says.

KRG minister: Iraqi Kurd oil to Turkey OK

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurds will be able to export oil to Turkey, the region's oil minister said, despite concerns from Baghdad and Ankara over the moves by Kurds.

Iraq's KRG: No deals yet, talks continue

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The recent batch of oil deals signed by Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government is the last for now though talks with oil firms continue, its oil minister says.

KRG: 1M barrels of Iraq oil by 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurdish region plans on producing 1 million barrels -- nearly half of Iraq's total production today -- in five years, the region's oil minister said.

Iraqi Kurds' new oil deals a major move

IRBIL, Iraq, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurds have exercised their prerogative to develop their oil sector, to Baghdad's ire, by signing another five oil deals with international firms.

Reliance Iraq oil signing bonus $15M

IRBIL, Iraq, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Reliance Industries paid a signing bonus of between $15.5 million and $17.5 million for oil contracts to explore and develop two Iraqi Kurdish blocks.

KRG: Two more Iraq oil deals soon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government will announce two more oil deals in coming days as it develops its oil sector with state-owned and private oil firms.

Iraqi Kurds sign seven new oil deals

IRBIL, Iraq, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government has signed seven more oil deals, moves that are bound to irk Baghdad, which has called previous deals illegal.

Analysis: U.S. OK's Saddam law oil deals

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department says an oil law implemented under Saddam Hussein is good enough for Iraq’s national government to sign oil deals, though it would prefer a new national law -- mired in controversy and far from approved -- to be used instead.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraqi Kurds make oil sales pitch

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government is offering the global oil industry its first and, so far, only chance at entering the Iraqi crude sector. Despite anger in Baghdad, the KRG plans to sign even more controversial oil deals and is waving the "Open For Investment" sign proudly.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

KRG says it supports Iraqi oil unions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Kurds’ oil minister, in contrast to the federal oil minister, says what’s best for Iraq is to embrace the oil unions.

Analysis: Iraqi Kurds sign new oil deals

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government made a sudden but not unexpected announcement Tuesday it had signed four more controversial oil deals. While the move highlights success in the region, it comes as the central government in Baghdad struggles to meet long-term agenda items like a national oil law.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq's KRG signs four more oil deals

IRBIL, Iraq, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government has announced four more controversial oil deals, despite Baghdad’s condemnation, and says more are on the way.

Analysis: Deeper than an oil law in Iraq

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Both Iraq’s federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government are upset by each other’s efforts in reaching a deal on a national oil and gas law and have announced moves to develop the oil sector without it.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
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