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Iraq federal, Kurd region oil chiefs informally agree on exports

Iraq federal, Kurd region oil chiefs informally agree on exports

FAYSH KHABUR, Iraq, June 13 (UPI) -- The pipeline that could pump northern Iraqi oil for export is nearly complete but empty, ending for now in the soil near the borders with Syria and Turkey, on the side of a dirt road.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Securing its oil pipeline, Iraq can increase production and exports

BAGHDAD, June 13 (UPI) -- More of Iraq's oil has seen the light of day and exports have realized post-invasion records as measures to stem attacks and other interference have proved successful along the key northern pipeline system.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
Iraqi Kurd oil sales, signing bonus waiting for Baghdad

Iraqi Kurd oil sales, signing bonus waiting for Baghdad

ERBIL, Iraq, June 10 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurdish region has been collecting millions of dollars in signing bonuses for 19 oil deals inked with international oil companies but is waiting for a federal revenue-sharing law before turning it over to Baghdad.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq's southern oil workers in government reshuffle

ERBIL, Iraq, May 30 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government has moved, demoted or fired more than a dozen people within the southern Iraqi oil sector this month as domestic and international union officials decry their treatment.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Oil talks resume in Iraq in June

ERBIL, Iraq, May 30 (UPI) -- The Iraqi central and Kurdistan regional governments will resume negotiations over the oil law and key issues in early June.

Iraq's KRG to create new Energy Ministry, Hawrami to head

ERBIL, Iraq, May 30 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurdistan's ministries of Electricity and Natural Resources are to be merged, and current oil chief Ashti Hawrami is likely to be named minister.
Interview: Crescent Petroleum's Majid Jafar

Interview: Crescent Petroleum's Majid Jafar

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, May 28 (UPI) -- In a 20th floor leisure room overlooking the lake in the center of this Emirate's skyscrapers, Majid Jafar talks of matters far up the Persian Gulf, where seemingly every oil company wants to be: Iraq.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq oil sales dip but high prices make up

AMMAN, Jordan, May 22 (UPI) -- Rising oil prices boosted Iraq's month-on-month crude revenue despite a drop in exports last month, according to Oil Ministry data.

OPEC Chief: U.S. economy to blame for high oil prices

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Angry oil consumers taking aim at OPEC are looking at a "scapegoat" instead of a needed mirror, the head of the bloc of oil producers said during a visit to Washington Thursday.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

U.S. looking into Iraq reconstruction contract requiring Iranian parts

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. forces are investigating two contracts to build schools in northern Iraq that required bathroom fixtures to be supplied by Iran.
BEN LANDO, UPI Editor

Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

Europe ties Nabucco deals with Turkey and Arab gas, says Russia not involved; Iraq-Iran pipeline tender deadline extended to May 18; TransCanada keen on second Keystone line
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq extends cutoff for Iran pipeline bids

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- Iraq's Oil Ministry has extended the deadline for companies to submit plans to design and supply the equipment for pipelines to and from Iran.

2008 Iraq oil sales at half of 2007 total

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Iraq earned half as much money from oil sales through the first four months of 2008 than all of 2007, according to data from the U.S. State Department.
U.S. auditors of Iraq reconstruction see potential and roadblocks

U.S. auditors of Iraq reconstruction see potential and roadblocks

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Higher exports and oil prices are bringing in record revenue for Iraq, but the lack of institutional capacity to spend it on capital projects is preventing further development of the oil and gas sector, according to a report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq extends Akkas gas tender deadline

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Iraq's Oil Ministry has extended to May 18 the bid deadline for the Akkas gas field project, aimed at developing the gas field for export to Syria and Europe.
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