Iraq slashes production plan, but doubts remain

BAGHDAD, June 14 (UPI) -- Iraq has formally lowered its controversial oil production target by one quarter, apparently recognizing it was way too ambitious. But industry analysts say that even the scaled-down plan may still be beyond Baghdad's reach because of shale oil.

Iraq sets oil bar too high, lawmaker says

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 26 (UPI) -- Iraq won't be able to meet oil production targets next year in part because of government bureaucracy, a lawmaker said from Dubai.
Head of first oil summit in Baghdad eyes future

Head of first oil summit in Baghdad eyes future

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- In the past few years, Iraq's oil and gas sector has been featured in numerous conferences aimed at linking top government officials with the global energy industry, all of which have taken place outside Iraq.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq, China oil deal talks progress

KUT, Iraq, March 6 (UPI) -- The governor of Iraq's Wasit province says he renegotiated a Saddam-era oil deal with the China National Petroleum Corp.

Iraq oil law talks not taking place now

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Negotiations are not taking place in Baghdad on the controversial oil law and other oil disputes, contrary to previous news accounts.

Kurds in Baghdad for new oil talks

BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurdish oil leaders are in Baghdad to clear an impasse over oil control, though the national oil minister is reportedly not in town.

Iraq draft oil law becoming irrelevant

BAGHDAD, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurds want to focus on reviving the country's oil law, but high-profile talks during a U.S. visit haven't forced progress as they hoped.

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

Iraq fuel in hands of militias

BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Iraq’s fuel is coming under the control of politically connected militias as corruption seeps into the country’s oil sector.

Interview: Top Iraq oilman Thamir Ghadhban

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Thamir Ghadhban has served in several political and technical capacities in Iraq’s oil sector. He’s been oil minister twice since 2003, has sat as a politician crafting Iraq’s constitution and is now Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s top energy adviser.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq oil law (still) coming soon

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The question is simple enough on the third and final day of a major Iraq energy conference where hundreds of hungry oil men and women broke bread with Iraq’s industry chiefs, politicians and technocrats: when will Baghdad set the ground rules for the international oil community’s long-awaited venture into the largest oil prize on earth?
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Time to withdraw Iraq oil law?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Iraq's citizens suffer from the August heat, little electricity and fuel. Death is seemingly around every corner, for them and U.S. troops. So the time may not be right for an oil law, especially the one the Bush administration wants.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Correspondent

Saddam, KRG oil deals will stand

ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 2 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein's oil deals and those the Kurds have reached with oil companies will be kept but modified to comply with a new Iraqi oil law.

Senators demand Iraqi cost estimates

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A month after the end of combat in Iraq, administration officials told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday no estimates have been reached for

Thamir Ghadhban (Arabic: ثامر غضبان‎) (Karbala, 1945) is an Iraqi bureaucrat and politician, specialising in the oil industry. After the war in 2003 he became Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Oil, and in mid of the following year he served as Interim Oil Minister in the interim government headed by interim prime minister Iyad Allawi. In 2005 he became a Parliament member and the head of one of the six committees in charge of writing chapter four: Powers of the Federal Authorities in the permanent constitution . In late April 2006, there was strong speculation that he would again be appointed Minister of Oil, this time by the government of Nuri al-Maliki. Currently he is the Chairman of the prime minister's advisors committeeand one of three technocrats to draft Iraq's much debated oil law, which is still waiting to be approved by the parliament.

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