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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters

Iraqi Kurds accused of displacing Arabs Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Human Rights Watch claims Arabs prevented from returning to homes in northern Iraq by Kurdistan Regional Government

More resources are needed to avert the humanitarian crisis in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq and cater to the needs of refugees in the long term

Iraqi Kurdistan economy contracts 5 per cent Subscription Required

16 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

World Bank says $1.4bn of additional investment needed to stabilise region in northern Iraq

CNOOC tenders wellpads at Missan oil field

CNOOC tenders wellpads at Missan oil field Subscription Required

4 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contractors asked to submit bids by 23 February for southeast Iraq oil development

Kirkuk

Kurds retake oil facility near Kirkuk Subscription Required

1 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Khabaz crude unit seized from Isis fighters

Petrochemicals industry

Iraq to invest in $11bn petrochemicals complex Subscription Required

1 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Shell-backed cracker project could be completed in five to six years

Iraq has revised down its budgeted oil price for 2015

Iraq cuts spending and budgeted oil price Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Budgeted oil price trimmed to $55 a barrel from $60 with deficit set to rise

Iraq generating capacity 2013

Firms express interest in Iraq IPP Subscription Required

26 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Total of 17 companies submit expressions of interest for first publicly tendered independent power project since 2011

oil

Petrochina tenders field surface facilities Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Chinese group also invites bids for power plant expansion management and new road bridge

Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Kurds to receive full share of Baghdad budget Subscription Required

21 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil exports deal smooths relations between Iraq and northern Kurdish exclave

Crude production

Iraq reports record crude production Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil Ministry says output has reached milestone of 4 million barrels day in December

Iraq to double Kirkuk crude exports

Iraq to double Kirkuk crude exports Subscription Required

15 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Northern Iraq oil sales boosted following deal between Baghdad and Erbil governments

Saudi Arabia has sent a delegation to Iraq to prepare to reopen an embassy in Baghdad and a consulate in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq

Riyadh to reopen Baghdad embassy Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Embassy has been closed since 1990

Refinery

Still no awards decision on Bazian refinery Subscription Required

11 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Qaiwan Group still assessing proposals for Bazian refinery expansion and pipeline in Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Gulf Keystone increases oil production at Shaikan

Gulf Keystone increases oil production at Shaikan Subscription Required

6 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Company exporting crude via trucks to Turkey as it prepares eighth well

Analysis

kirkuk

Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

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

Comment

Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Shifting borders in northern Iraq

24 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Isis has provided a smokescreen for power plays in embattled region

Iraq's decision to relaunch its private power programme is laudable, but is likely to attract scepticism

Baghdad faces IPP challenge Subscription Required

22 December 2014

The government’s decision to relaunch its private power programme is laudable, but is likely to attract scepticism due to the many challenges involved

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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

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