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Iraq cuts capital spending

Iraq cuts capital spending Subscription Required

30 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Baghdad cuts budget to reduce deficit

Power plant

Groups work on bids for Iraq IPP Subscription Required

30 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Twelve companies have been prequalified for tender

US/Turkey agreement on air strikes on Isis positions in Syria

US and Turkey reach agreement over air strikes in Syria Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Turkey has been carrying out air attacks on Isis and Kurdish forces since July

A US Marine Corps F-35B joint strike fighter jet

US air strikes kill Isis deputy leader Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Hajji Mutazz was in charge of operations in Iraq

West Qurna-2 oil field in Iraq

Iraq looks to reassure oil companies amid southern unrest Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Lukoil says its $2.5bn West Qurna-2 project remains on schedule after protests

Iraq oil

IMF says Iraq is unlikely to hit 2015 oil targets Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Conflict with Isis and insufficient storage facilities limit oil sector expansion

Iraq currency

Iraq prepares $6bn in bonds Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Baghdad looking to reduce deficit

Isis is unlikely to regain control of Iraq’s biggest refinery in the near future, according to a source

Isis gains ground near Iraq’s biggest refinery Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Jihadist group takes control of western areas in Baiji city

Power transmission

Iraq seeks private electricity network provider Subscription Required

17 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Baghdad seeking private company to operate and maintain distribution network

Donald Trump

Trump calls for US to seize Iraqi oil fields Subscription Required

17 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Republican presidential candidate says Saudi Arabia should pay for US military protection

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraq reduces cabinet by a third Subscription Required

17 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Cull comes as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looks to cut costs

Iraqi degassing project terminated

Iraqi degassing project terminated Subscription Required

17 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Contractors say $558m facility has been derailed by ongoing budgetary problems

Gas pipeline

Iran prepares to sign gas deal with Iraq Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Agreement to be signed within two weeks

Oil pipeline

Nahr bin Umar design work progressing on schedule Subscription Required

13 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Iraqi oil field contains reserves estimated at 6.6 billion barrels

Lukoil invites bids for West Qurna wellpad

Lukoil tenders work on $2.5bn Iraq project Subscription Required

12 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Oil and gas field development will be delivered in three phases

IMF fast-tracks Iraq loan

Iraq’s parliament approves sweeping reforms Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Prime Minister says the reforms will cut costs for the government

Iranian firm to build Iraqi power plant

Iranian firm to build Iraqi power plant Subscription Required

10 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plant will be developed as an independent power project (IPP)

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister proposes government overhaul Subscription Required

10 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Haider al-Abadi calls for the abolishment of three vice presidential posts

IMF fast-tracks Iraq loan

Fitch rates Iraq at below investment grade Subscription Required

9 August 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Baghdad’s fiscal position is worsening

Iraqi Kurdistan to share oil sales with producers

Iraqi Kurdistan to share oil sales with producers Subscription Required

5 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Kurdistan Regional Government says it plans to continue independent oil sales

Analysis

Division: Prime Minister Al-Abadi (left) and former leader Al-Maliki are both trying to make political gains in Iraq’s government

A new battle for Baghdad’s political future Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The fight to stamp out corruption in Iraq’s political system is fraught with challenges

Top 100 projects Q2 2015

Iraq projects market value collapses in Top 100 projects index Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Robert Jones

But the value of the index in the second quarter edges higher

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Kurdistan Regional Government’s Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir

Interview: Rallying to combat Isis Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Florian Neuhof

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir says more international support is needed for the Peshmerga fighting Isis. Florian Neuhof reports

Saudi Arabia army

MEED board report, June 2015 Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by country, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by sector, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Mounting debt: Baghdad owes $9bn to contractors for 2014 and needs to pay $18bn to investors this year

Payment arrears stall Iraq oil sector investment Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Despite record oil exports, Baghdad is struggling to pay contractors and having to lower production targets

Unfulfilled ambition: No progress at this construction site in Erbil

Reportage: Erbil, Iraq Subscription Required

10 May 2015 | By Florian Neuhof

After being dubbed the ‘New Dubai’ in the boom years, Erbil now faces a future dominated by the fight against terrorism

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

MEED board report, May 2015 Subscription Required

7 May 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE sees opportunity in instability Subscription Required

27 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Firm’s CEO of distributed power talks about supply and generation challenges in region

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

MEED board report, April 2015 Subscription Required

8 April 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Comment

Wil Crisp

Iraq faces an uphill battle against corruption Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Al-Abadi still needs to prove his commitment to reforms

Mark Watts

Baghdad-Erbil stalemate continues Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Dispute over budgetary payments threatens Kurdish oil ambitions

Kevin Baxter

Where next for Opec? Subscription Required

9 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

A new era of diversity in supply is sending shockwaves through the organisation

Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (left) and Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh

Opec sidesteps issue of Iran and Iraq crude glut Subscription Required

4 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Cartel well exceeding quota as Tehran lays out plan to add significant exports

Iraqi oil ambitions checked

Iraqi oil ambitions checked Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil Ministry must cut capital expenditure and focus on key export infrastructure

Iraq’s refining sector receives boost

Iraq’s refining sector receives boost Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Basra refinery progress to help increase gasoline production

Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Shifting borders in northern Iraq Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Isis has provided a smokescreen for power plays in embattled region

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