Iraq Oil Exports News


Baghdad keen to Restart Oil Exports through Turkey

By John Lee.

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] is to visit Turkey this week to discuss expanding cooperation in the oil and energy sector.

Among the topics for discussion will be the possible restarting of oil exports via the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured), and the export the Iraqi oil “by SOMO company exclusively”.

He will also invite Turkish companies to participate in investment projects in the oil sector.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

Kirkuk Council reportedly files Oil case against Iraq Govt

Kirkuk Governorate Council has reportedly filed a complaint at the Iraqi Supreme Court against the federal government for taking unilateral steps on the governorate’s oil.

A press report on February 19 cited three moves that it said Baghdad has taken without consultation with local government: An agreement with British Petroleum (BP) to develop Kirkuk oil fields; efforts to export oil to Iran and Turkey; and exporting oil to Iran via tankers.

Though the report referred to these three steps as “contracts“, only the third relates to an agreement that is already being realised. The other moves remain in the initial stages.  The head of the Kurdish Fraternity List at Kirkuk Governorate Council, Muhammad Kamal, told press:

“In accordance with the federal constitution, in provinces that produce oil, there should be coordination with the local governments and no contracts should be signed without consultation with the local administrations”. 

Head of Kirkuk Governorate Council, Rebwar Talabani, stated that the federal government “does not listen to any articles of the constitution or laws“.  He said the majority at the council were hoping that “our demands take the form of a legal case against the Iraqi government“.

According to the report, the council has filed 13 complaints at the Supreme Court against the Iraqi government concerning “violations” by Iraqi security forces and the government since October.

It added that since the federal takeover, the people of Kirkuk have not benefited from the governorate’s oil wealth, whereas prior to the takeover local government was given 10m dollars per month by the Kurdistan Regional Government for exporting its oil.

(Source: GardaWorld)

Oil Exports Fall Slightly in January

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced preliminary oil exports for January of 108,190,068 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.490 million barrels per day (bpd), a slight decrease from the 3.535 bpd exported in December.

The exports were entirely from the southern terminals, with no exports from Kirkuk via Ceyhan.

Revenues for the month were  $6.847 billion at an average price of $63.288 per barrel.

December export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

Jordan approves deal with Iraq on Oil, Gas Pipeline

By John Lee.

Jordan has reportedly approved an agreement with Iraq to build a twin gas and oil pipeline between the two countries.

The 1,680-km double pipeline will pump one million barrels of oil a day, and 258 million cubic feet of gas, from Basra to Aqaba.

About 150,000 barrels of the oil from Iraq is needed to meet Jordan’s needs. The rest will be exported through Aqaba, generating about three billion U.S. dollars a year in revenues to Jordan, according to the ministry.

An agreement will be signed soon by the Energy Ministries of both countries.

(Source: Xinhua)

Oil Exports Rise Again in December

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced preliminary oil exports for December of 109,573,817 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.535 million barrels per day (bpd), an increase from the 3.502 bpd exported in November.

The exports were entirely from the southern terminals, with no exports from Kirkuk via Ceyhan.

Revenues for the month were  $6.496 billion at an average price of $59.286 per barrel.

November export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

Oil Exports Rise Again in December

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced preliminary oil exports for December of 109,573,817 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.535 million barrels per day (bpd), an increase from the 3.502 bpd exported in November.

The exports were entirely from the southern terminals, with no exports from Kirkuk via Ceyhan.

Revenues for the month were  $6.496 billion at an average price of $59.286 per barrel.

November export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

Int’l Companies Invited to Invest in New Pipeline

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has invited local and international companies to participate in the execution of the oil export pipeline extension, which extends from the Kirkuk oilfield to the Iraqi-Turkish border, and will run side-by-side with the old strategic pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured).

Mr. Assim Jihad, the spokesman of the Ministry of Oil, said that the pipeline will run for over 350 kilometers, and will be 48 inches in diameter.

It will be able to transport 1 million barrels per day (bpd) and will be built on a BOOT basis investment method, which includes the construction, property, operation and property transfer.

The government and the ministry does not bare or pay any money or spending over the project at the current time, but after the operation.

The project includes also the construction of a gas pipeline, pumps and reservoirs, in addition to the other completed accessories and services. The contract also commits the winner consortium companies to share with the local companies with 25% or more of the project proportion within the consortium.

Mr. Jihad said also that the oil projects company have determined the 24th of January 2018 as the last date for the companies to present their participation letter.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

Int’l Companies Invited to Invest in New Pipeline

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has invited local and international companies to participate in the execution of the oil export pipeline extension, which extends from the Kirkuk oilfield to the Iraqi-Turkish border, and will run side-by-side with the old strategic pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured).

Mr. Assim Jihad, the spokesman of the Ministry of Oil, said that the pipeline will run for over 350 kilometers, and will be 48 inches in diameter.

It will be able to transport 1 million barrels per day (bpd) and will be built on a BOOT basis investment method, which includes the construction, property, operation and property transfer.

The government and the ministry does not bare or pay any money or spending over the project at the current time, but after the operation.

The project includes also the construction of a gas pipeline, pumps and reservoirs, in addition to the other completed accessories and services. The contract also commits the winner consortium companies to share with the local companies with 25% or more of the project proportion within the consortium.

Mr. Jihad said also that the oil projects company have determined the 24th of January 2018 as the last date for the companies to present their participation letter.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

Oil Ministry Declares its Final Exports for November

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced final oil exports for November of 105,050,819 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.502 million barrels per day (bpd), considerably up on the 3.348 bpd exported in October.

These exports were shipped by 40 multinational companies from the ports of Basra, Khor Al-Omaia and the SPM’s on the Arab Gulf, with no exports registered from Kirkuk.

Revenues for the month were $6.021 billion, at an average price of $57.316 per barrel.

October export figures are available here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)