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Iraq News and Analysis

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Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) performance

Iraq’s stock exchange rally ends as index dips Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Iraq’s market rose on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation

Malasia's Petronas

Petronas extends deadline on Gharraf tenders Subscription Required

24 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to bid on Iraq oil and gas facilities by end of September

Pipeline

Iraq starts up Halfaya-Missan export pipeline Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

China-operated oil fields to export crude via Iraq’s Gulf port of Al-Faw

Gerd Mueller, German development aid minister

German minister accuses Qatar of financing Isis Subscription Required

20 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Gerd Mueller says Qatar is assisting the extremist group that has seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq

Iraq oil exports

Petrochina tenders third phase of Halfaya oil development Subscription Required

19 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Third central processing facility to boost Iraq field’s capacity to over 500,000 barrels a day

Gas flare

Mansouriya gas project halted on unrest in northern Iraq Subscription Required

18 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Turkey/Kuwait/South Korea consortium pulls staff from Diyala province operations

Nouri al-Maliki

Nouri al-Maliki resigns as Iraq prime minister Subscription Required

15 August 2014 | By Robert Jones

The former Iraq leader announced his decision to resign in a television broadcast

Current oil ouput

Iraqi Kurdistan oil sector curbs operations Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

At least eight foreign companies take precautionary measures and relocate personnel as Kurdish army clashes with Isis militants

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi

Haidar al-Abadi faces tough challenge to form unity government Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Former adviser to Nouri al-Maliki must break from previous policies to curb sectarian divides

Nouri al-Maliki

Iraq appoints new prime minister Subscription Required

12 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

President selects Haidar al-Abadi to lead Iraq as Al-Maliki refuses to step aside

Tawke oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan

More Iraqi Kurdistan oil operations affected Subscription Required

12 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Afren and Genel Energy operations in northern Iraq affected by growing unrest

A consortium led by Gazprom has invited bids to drill six production wells at the Badra oil field in southern Iraq

Gazprom team tenders Badra oil well deal Subscription Required

10 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to bid for work on southern Iraq project by 26 September

Rig

Halfaya project management bid deadline extended Subscription Required

10 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Petrochina asks companies to submit bids on project management consultancy on 18 August

Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan oil sector hit by escalating violence Subscription Required

10 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Taqa and Oryx reducing upstream operations

Kurdistan power map

Isis advances bring Kurds into conflict in northern Iraq Subscription Required

6 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Islamists and Peshmerga clash at Mosul dam; humanitarian crisis in Yazidi town of Sinjar

Gas flare

Dana Gas boosts profit on start-up of Egyptian fields Subscription Required

6 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Company says new contracts on UAE’s Zora gas field development are imminent

Rig

Iraq oil exports increased marginally in July Subscription Required

5 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Shipments volumes from Basra up 2.9 per cent from June

Pylon

Petrochina tenders power plant services at Halfaya operations Subscription Required

5 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to submit bids by 3 September for operation and maintenance deal

Rig

Gazprom Neft starts drilling at Iraqi Kurdistan oil block Subscription Required

4 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Russian group appoints Canada’s Grey Wolf to drill two wells at Shakal

Onshore oil well

Companies prepare bids for Missan oil wells upgrade Subscription Required

4 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Chinese group to upgrade 90 wells on oil development in southeast Iraq

Analysis

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

Gas flare

Iraq exports essential for Iran gas development Subscription Required

28 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

Tehran aims to start 270-kilometre Iran-Iraq gas pipeline in 2015

Mandate: Al-Maliki hopes to secure a third term, but a tough leadership contest is expected

The waiting begins for Iraq's new government Subscription Required

8 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

Iraq once again faces a protracted power vacuum as Shia parties negotiate to for a majority

Iraq oil production forecasts

Iraq faces challenge to meet output targets Subscription Required

16 April 2014 | By Mark Watts

Analysts expect Baghdad to fall short of 2020 ambitions despite recent production surge

Comment

Kurdistan

Isis threatens Kurdish hopes

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

7 August 2014

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

Nouri al-Maliki

Iraq's ill-equipped prime minister Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Nouri al-Maliki’s declining popularity and loss of control over vast areas of Iraq has weakened his mandate to lead the country

Iraq conflict

Iraq on the brink of destruction Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Conflict threatens Sunni-Shia tensions across the region. To prevent civil war in Iraq, a decisive response by Washington is required

Poll: About 60 per cent of eligible voters took part

Addressing Iraq's sectarian divide Subscription Required

8 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

The key question is whether Iraq’s power brokers have the will to bring Sunni or Kurdish elements into the government to unite the country

Iraq

Iraq mine clearance slow to progress Subscription Required

10 April 2014

Iraq’s ban on land mine clearance companies indicates its increasingly difficult working environment

Iraq

Baghdad appeals to private sector Subscription Required

6 March 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Progress with the government’s IPP programme would deliver more benefits than just additional power

Iraq

Oil windfall yet to benefit Iraq's economy Subscription Required

6 March 2014 | By Adal Mirza

Sectarian politics and prolonged violence are inhibiting foreign investment in Iraq’s industries

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