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Iraq energy EPC awards

Iraq awards design deal on critical seawater supply project Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Austria’s ILF Consulting Engineers wins contract on two 150km pipelines

Petrojet wins $143m in Iraq gas contracts

Petrojet wins $143m in Iraq gas contracts Subscription Required

14 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Egyptian group to build gas pipeline and undertake work on separation plant

Oil

Oman prequalifies for Yibal Rejuvenation project Subscription Required

14 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Petroleum Development Oman prepares tender for onshore oil field scheme

Baghdad

Iraq GDP to fall 0.5 per cent in 2014, says IMF Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Isis insurgency causes decline in non-oil economy

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

The Middle East in 2030

10 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Take part in MEED’s survey to identify the key trends that will shape the Middle East economy in 2030

Cristal Hotel lobby

Cristal Hotel Group expanding across Middle East Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Abu Dhabi firm planning to develop several new hotels throughout region

Oil drilling

Marathon and Total make new discovery in Iraqi Kurdistan Subscription Required

3 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Light oil and gas reservoirs found on Harir block outside of Erbil

West Qurna 2 oil field in Iraq

Lukoil tenders Mishrif master engineering services Subscription Required

3 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to bid for West Qurna 2 oil field contract in Iraq by 30 December

Iran oil industry

Lukoil eyeing return to Iran Subscription Required

1 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

CEO of Russian group discusses returning oil fields if sanctions are lifted

Baiji refinery

Iraq forces break siege at Baiji refinery Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad claims strategic victory as army regains ground from Islamist militants

Iraq Oil Minister Adel al-Mahdi says oil revenue agreement has been reached between Erbil and Baghdad

Erbil and Baghdad reach agreement on oil revenues Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Kurdish government agrees to place some exports under federal control in exchange for payments, says Iraq oil minister

Iraq awards $900m of oil storage and transmission projects

Iraq awards $900m of oil storage and transmission projects Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Chinese group picks up $667m deal to build depot near Nasiriyah field

Iraq oil and gas awards

BP ramps up investment in Rumaila field Subscription Required

12 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Company awards $3bn-worth of Iraq contracts in four months

Iraq oil

Iraqi Kurdistan oil exports hit 300,000 barrels a day Subscription Required

9 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Exports through pipeline to Turkey increase 60 per cent in four months

The Kurdistan Regional Government's prime minister, Nechirvan Barzani says Iraqi Kurdistan is for now only seeking greater autonomy

Erbil plays down prospect of independence Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Iraqi Kurdistan prime minister says region is only seeking greater autonomy

Installed power capacity

Qaiwan Group starts work on Iraqi Kurdistan’s fifth IPP Subscription Required

4 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plant will provide Suleimaniyah province with an additional 750MW

Gasoline forecasts

Qaiwan Group in talks on Bazian refinery expansion Subscription Required

3 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Iraqi Kurdistan company prepares to award refinery and crude pipeline packages

Al-Faw Port in Iraq

Petrofac awarded $106m Al-Faw contract extension Subscription Required

3 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

UK group wins new six-month deal from South Oil Company on export facilities services

Rig

Erbil approves development plan for Akri-Bijeel oil block Subscription Required

2 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Operator MOL plans to develop the fields in two phases and mobilise five rigs

Iraqi Kurdistan hydropower projects put on hold

Iraqi Kurdistan hydropower projects put on hold Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

All major schemes stopped until Isis threat recedes

Analysis

Saudi oil production and brent crude price

Riyadh in strong position ahead of Opec meeting Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia showing no signs of cutting oil production despite falling prices

New strategy: Washington and its allies plan to wipe out Isis targets wherever they are, including Syria

Washington takes the initiative Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Air strikes by a US-led coalition are key to the pushback against Isis

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

Top 100 projects, Q2 2014

Top 100 projects index dips Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Robert Jones

Small fall in the total value of the Middle East’s biggest projects, but further pressure expected due to fighting in Iraq

Rigs operating in the Middle East and North Africa, June 2014

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

Iraq

Iraq violence is about money not religion

25 June 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The struggle for mastery of Iraq’s $20tn oil and gas reserves

Resort: Baghdad has employed the help of Shia civilians, unable to stop the advance of militants by itself

Iraq's fundamental flaws Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By James Gavin

The growing sectarian division in Iraq has meant the partition of the country could become a reality

Power: Kurdish forces have taken control of Kirkuk

Erbil’s opportunity arrives Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

With the central government in Baghdad losing control of large swathes of the north and west of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government will be key in shaping the future of the country

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription Required

11 June 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Iraq oil exports

Iraq starts up third floating export terminal Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad bumps up exports from its southern oil fields; but northern sales grind to a halt

Comment

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the attack missions by Iranian jets were a positive development in efforts against Isis

Iran carries out first airstrikes against Isis, US claims Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Tehran denies offensive despite news footage showing F-4 Phantom II raids in Diyala

Haider al-Abadi

Al-Abadi facing familiar problems in divided Iraq

13 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

New prime minister a welcome replacement for Al-Maliki, but faces same sectarian pressures

Baiji refinery, north of Baghdad, in Iraq

Erbil strives to meet domestic fuel demand

6 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baiji refinery outage highlights importance of refining expansion in Iraqi Kurdistan

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

Erbil remains committed to development

6 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

Baghdad unity government a positive step Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Al-Abadi faces huge challenge to bridge sectarian divides

Syria's President Bashar a-Assad

Respite from cold for Al-Assad Subscription Required

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The West might have to ask the Syrian leader for assistance in stamping out jihadist group Isis

Kurdistan

Isis threatens Kurdish hopes Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Erbil faces difficult questions about its quest for independence

Iraq: Fighting has displaced 170,000 people in Sinjar

Erbil could face unilateral battle Subscription Required

7 August 2014

The Kurds’ dispute with Baghdad could affect their chances of getting international help against Isis

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