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Iraq's Shiite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces gather in Nibai, in the Al-Anbar province on 26 May. The paramilitaries say they are taking charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from the province, giving the ope

Iraq launches campaign to retake Ramadi Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Counter-offensive force includes government troops and Shia militias

Gas pipelines

Iran eyes June start for gas exports to Iraq Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Sanctions could make payments method difficult as cross-border pipeline is completed

China’s Zhongman wins West Qurna-2 drilling contract in Iraq

Chinese group wins $527m Iraq drilling contract Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Zhongman to drill production wells for 28 months at West Qurna-2 field

Oil field

BP agrees to reduce spending in Iraq Subscription Required

20 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

British oil major reduces budget for 2015 by $1bn, claims report

Ramadi, Iraq, 16 May 2015

Isis seizes Iraqi city of Ramadi Subscription Required

18 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Government forces withdraw from capital of Al-Anbar province after days of fighting

Payments from Baghdad disappoint as Kurds hit record oil exports

Baghdad disappoints as Kurds hit record oil exports Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Erbil receives less than half expected budgetary payment for April

Iraq owes more than $22bn to international oil companies

Iraq owes $22bn in oil debts Subscription Required

13 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil and Energy Committee member warns oil price shock has created debt problem

Tawke oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan

DNO doubles capacity at Iraqi Kurdistan oil field Subscription Required

11 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Production to be ramped up over coming months after investment programme completed

Iraqi Kurdistan oil exports hit record high in April

Iraqi Kurdistan oil exports hit record high in April Subscription Required

6 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Volumes exported through Turkey exceeded monthly commitment to Baghdad, says Erbil ministry

Iraq has revised down its budgeted oil price for 2015

IMF to agree $800m loan to Iraq Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Austyn Allison

IMF to clear $800m Iraq funding “in coming weeks” to help balance budget

Oil

Iraq oil exports reach long-term record high Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Government says April exports are highest since 1980s

Technip awarded management on Basra refinery upgrade

French firm awarded management on Basra refinery upgrade Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Partners Japan’s Unico to oversee estimated $1.5bn project in southern Iraq

Gas pipeline

Petrojet awarded $185m gas deal Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Firm to build central processing facility on southern Iraq development

Iraq invites renewables interest

Iraq invites renewables interest Subscription Required

19 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Four sites selected for projects

Opec oil output surges

Opec output surges Subscription Required

16 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Group pumped 30.79 million barrels a day in March

Karbala in Iraq

Karbala to build industrial city Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Iraq province hoping to attract foreign direct investment in manufacturing

Six groups have submitted bids for the contract to develop Iraq’s first publicly tendered independent power project

Six groups seek Iraq IPP prequalification Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Independent power project will be located in southern area of country

Iraq

South Koreans win Iraq infrastructure work Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Contract follows 2012 development deal

Pipe

Lukoil tenders design for export pipeline Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Project will link Russian group’s storage facilities with south Iraq oil terminal

Gas turbine generator

Firms submit prequalification entries for Iraq IPP Subscription Required

5 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Independent power project will have a capacity of 750MW

Analysis

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

Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraq economy falters as anti-Isis campaign unfolds Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The IMF said Iraq’s government should cut spending and change its banking policies to deal with a soaring budget deficit

Iraq oil exports 2014-15

Iraq oil exports hit 12-month high Subscription Required

10 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Erbil claims it is not receiving budget payments despite boosting northern volumes

Video graph

Strategic priorities shape Gulf projects spending Subscription Required

8 March 2015

The impact of low oil prices on project plans around the region

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

Comment

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

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

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