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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

Underfunding threatens refugees and host countries Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

The $3.47bn funding gap could undermine most basic survival needs

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Kurdistan oil development slows on payment delays Subscription Required

11 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil field developer calls for consistent payment policy to restore confidence

Gas plant

Iraqi Kurdistan preparing to award gas processing facilities Subscription Required

11 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Natural Resources Ministry says associated gas stream will be developed at Garmian block

Iraqi Kurdistan oil exports hit record high in April

Iraqi Kurdistan to establish “national oil company” Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Autonomous region could form new companies to handle production and marketing

Iraq oil exports hit record level

Iraq lowers oil production target Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil ministry targeting output of up to 6 million barrels a day by 2020

Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan economy unsustainable amid budget dispute Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional government warns economy could collapse if budget grievances are not resolved

Iraq oil

Lukoil hits phase one Iraq output target Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Russian group welcomes rolling back of Iraqi oil production ambitions

Isis suspected of abductions

Isis oil revenues reached $800m Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Former Iraqi national security adviser says black market oil is group’s main funding

Seawater intake installation

Design on $13bn seawater project set for completion this year Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

ILF Consulting Engineers reveals scope of critical Iraqi infrastructure scheme

Oil tanker

Iraq launches new crude export grade Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Introduction Basra Heavy increases exports from southern oil fields

Iraq oil

Iraq mobilising force to protect oil assets Subscription Required

9 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil minister says 27,000-strong army will secure all oil and electricity facilities

Road in Iraq

Kuwait Energy tenders roads at Block 9 in Iraq Subscription Required

7 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Company to build access roads at concession area in Basra province

Iraqi paramilitaries

IMF reaches agreement on $833m loan to Iraq Subscription Required

7 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Organisation estimates a moderate 0.5 per cent economic growth in 2015

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec still hoping for $80 oil Subscription Required

4 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Officials meeting in Vienna hope that prices will rise on the back of increased demand

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Iraqi Kurdistan increases May crude exports by 2.6 per cent Subscription Required

3 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Erbil continues to boost exports from KRG and Kirkuk oil fields into Turkey

Tawke oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan

DNO ramps up Tawke production Subscription Required

1 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Average for second quarter almost 150,000 b/d

Refinery

Refinery contracts not expected until second half Subscription Required

31 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Qaiwan Group assessing proposals on Iraqi Kurdistan refinery expansion and oil pipeline

Gas refinery

Third-quarter tender expected for Gharraf field packages Subscription Required

31 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contractors await invitation to bid on central processing facility and gas plant

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

Analysis

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

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

Comment

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

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

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