Exclusive – Iraq plans to sell oil through Iran if talks with Kurds fail Source

: Last Updated: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 17:41 hrs


A worker checks the valves at Al-Sheiba oil refinery in the southern Iraq city of Basra

By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s government would consider selling crude through Iran should talks with the autonomous Kurdish region on an oil revenue-sharing agreement fail, a senior oil ministry official in Baghdad told Reuters. Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) plans to hold talks with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), possibly next week, about Iraqi oil exported through Turkey, Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh al-Nema said in an interview on Friday evening. “If the negotiations come to a close” without an agreement “we will start to find a way in order to sell our oil because we need money, either to Iran or other countries”, he said by telephone. Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia, depends on oil sales for 95 percent of its public income. Its economy is reeling under the double impact of low oil prices and the war against Islamic State militants. The Kurdistan region produces around 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) on its territory and exports those volumes via Turkey. Baghdad would not be able to reroute those volumes to Iran but could order shipments of some 150,000 bpd via Iran that are being produced in the nearby province of Kirkuk.  An agreement between Iran and Iraq could function in a similar fashion as oil-swap deals Tehran has had with Caspian Sea nations, according to an oil official who asked not to be identified. Iran would import Iraqi oil to its refineries and export an equivalent amount of its own crude on behalf of Baghdad from Iranian ports on the Gulf. Iraq has ports on the Gulf but they are not linked to the northern Kirkuk fields by pipeline. Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company resumed pumping crude through the Kurdish-controlled pipeline to Turkey last week as “a sign of goodwill to invite them (the Kurds) to start negotiations,” Nema said. He said pumping had resumed on the instruction of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi following “some understanding” between Baghdad and Erbil. Abadi said on Tuesday the decision had been made to avoid damage to reservoirs. The flow of crude extracted from Kirkuk by North Oil and pumped in the pipeline has been running at about 75,000 bpd since last week, or half the rate before it was halted in March, Nema said. Should there be an agreement with the Kurds, flow through the pipeline would be increased to more than 100,000 bpd, not to the previous level of 150,000 bpd, he added. Nema said about 20,000 bpd would be supplied to the refinery of Suleimaniya, in the Kurdish region, and 30,000 bpd would be refined locally in Kirkuk. × The pipeline carries crude to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, where the Kurds have been selling it independently on the international market, along with oil produced in their northern region. The Kurdish government has been calling on Baghdad since March to resume the pumping of Kirkuk crude in full to help Erbil fund its war against Islamic State. Sources in Erbil have said splitting the Kirkuk flows would divide the Kurds and complicate the task of fighting the ultra-hardline militants. A KRG spokesman in June told Reuters the Kurds are ready to strike an agreement with Baghdad if it guarantees them monthly revenue of $1 billion, more than double what they make currently from selling their own oil. The dispute revolves around Kurdish oil exports that Baghdad wants to bring under its control. “If Baghdad comes and says ‘OK, give me all the oil that you have and I’ll give you the 17 percent as per the budget’, which equals to 1 billion, I think, logically it should be the thing to accept,” KRG spokesman Safeen Dizayee said in June. “Whether this oil goes to the international market or first to Baghdad and then to the market, it doesn’t make any difference,” he added. “We are ready to enter dialogue with Baghdad.” The Kurdish government stopped delivering crude oil to the central government about a year ago, a decision taken when Baghdad’s payment fell under $400 million a month, Dizayee said. It is also in a dispute with the central government over Kirkuk, where North Oil produces its crude and which the Kurds claim as part of their territory. The Kurds took control of the region two years ago, after the Iraqi army disintegrated when Islamic State overran a third of the country. (Additional reporting by Aref Mohammed in Basra; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Dale Hudson)

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Kurdistan Democratic Party is threatening to boycott parliament sessions


Kurdistan Democratic Party is threatening to boycott parliament sessions

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He threatened the MP for the Democratic Party Hakhuan Abdullah, to boycott the parliamentary session on the back of the repercussions of questioning Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari session results.

Abdullah said they would boycott the meeting and would respond strongly to the repercussions of questioning of the Minister of Finance hearing the results. “

The House of Representatives questioned the finance minister for the Kurdistan Alliance, Hoshyar Zebari, in a session yesterday as the Council voted today against his conviction with answers Zebari.



Jubouri Office instructs expenses and restructure its divisions


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reconstitute the Office of Parliament Speaker Salim al – Jubouri, restructuring the Office of theSpeaker of Parliament, with a view to rationalizing office expenses.
The document said the Office of the al – Jubouri , the Agency has received all of Iraq [where] a copy ofit on Saturday it was “based on the directives of al – Jubouri and implementation of the parliamentary reforms approved by the House of Representatives for their advancement of the administrative work and institutional in line with the functions of the President ‘s Office decided to restructure thedepartments Office of the President of the heads of departments staff and for the purpose of reducing its number of staff in the office and move staff to departments and sections of the Council , each according to its competence.
“document” was canceled all consultants contracts and retaining consultants with administrative, legal and financial only jurisdiction decades, to serve the work of the office , “noting the” rationalization of domestic spending Office and limited to only essential need. “

Vice Kurdish: we were on all deputies Kurds withdraw from the parliament session today


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النائب عن الحزب الديمقراطي الكوردستاني في البرلمان العراقي أردلان نورالدين
MP for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Iraqi parliament Ardalan Noureddine

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MP for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Iraqi Parliament, Noureddine Ardalan, that “after attacking theMP, the emotions of grace, the MP, dry longings, we as representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party withdrew from the parliament.”

Said Noureddine network Roudao media, that “unfortunately, we asked each of Representatives of Kurds in the Iraqi parliament to withdraw from the meeting, but with the exception of the House of Representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, all deputies and other Kurdish blocs remain at today’s meeting.”

Regarding the lack of conviction of Representatives answer the finance minister, Hoshyar Zebari, Ardalan Noureddine Abizaid said: “We as representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Iraqi parliament, we have a meeting today on this subject, and we will take a decision after that.”

He concluded MP from the Kurdistan Democratic Party, noting that “There is no doubt that the interrogation of the finance minister, Hoshyar Zebari, the political destination, they are trying to break through the weight Zebari of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.”

The House of Representatives held on Saturday, its usual, but during the meeting a quarrel between the House of Representatives have taken place, leading to adjourn the meeting until further notice.



Oil Minister: Iraq is ready to play its role in supporting oil prices


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Oil Minister Ali Jaber Laibi said on Saturday that Iraq was ready to play a role within OPEC to support oil prices.
Assem Jihad, spokesman for the ministry quoted the minister as saying the oil city of Basra, said that “Iraq is seeking to play a role to support oil prices while maintaining a share commensurate with the reserves.”


Oil Minister: try to solve the obstacles facing the oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil


(Independent) … called on the oil minister Jabbar Laibi Alkhoznip to raise the energy of crude oil to 24 million barrels during the next few years, noting that he tries to solve the obstacles facing the oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil.

He said ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said in a statement received by The Independent on Saturday that “the oil minister called for during his tour of the South Oil Company, to raise Alkhoznip energy of crude oil from 12 million barrels to 24 million barrels over the next few years.”

He said the oil minister, according to Jihad, “We hope to reach an agreement with the Kurdistan about the mechanics of exporting oil to serve the national interest in general, and try some of the obstacles faced by the agreement between the parties.” (End)


High Nassif Abadi demanding the implementation of Parliament’s decision to remove al-Obeidi from the Defense Ministry


Khandan – demanded an MP for the high Nassif Reform Front , Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi implementation of the House of Representatives decision to remove Khalid al – Obeidi from the Defense Department and “not be underestimated , ” the legislature ‘s decision. She said high Nassif placeholders in a statement reported by its press office and received “Khandan” a copy of it, that ” the will of the Iraqi people that decided the dismissal of former defense Minister Khaled al – Obeidi from office, has been sacked legal hundred percent procedures within the parliament, and the al – Abadi to commit to the implementation of the will of the Iraqi people and to Aesthan the legislature ‘s decision. ” she said Nassif, he said that” it is the duty Abadi today to proceed to prosecute the Iraqi people ‘s money and retrieval, according to the files that have been presented during the interrogation of al – Obeidi , which emphasizes corruption and condemns the Mafia who was working with him. “confirmed Nassif on” the need for the Abadi direct the concerned authorities to shut down media system of Khaled al – Obeidi , “pointing out that “this system of media suspicious that distract them Obeidi of the Iraqi people ‘s money is working day and night to fabricate news in their own interests and confusion on public opinion through tens of thousands of fictitious accounts in social networking sites that copy and paste the same supporting comments and calling on people to protest, the minister has sacked and no need for continuity in the waste of public money on this media system. ”


Nechirvan Barzani: the province is ready to resolve all problems with Baghdad through dialogue


Khandan – said Nechirvan Barzani , president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, prepared the province to resolve all problems with Baghdad through dialogue. This came during a meeting with the Republican Senator from Texas John Comey and his accompanying delegation on Friday. She said the Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement, said the senator Comey expressed his happiness to visit the Kurdistan region and the admiration for the courage and bravery of the Peshmerga forces at up their wounds myth terrorists pseudo thanked on behalf of the American people , the people and the government of the Kurdistan region to receive a large number of displaced persons and refugees and the provision of services to them. in this meeting , too, has been talking about editing the northern city of Mosul, where he stressed the senator on the need a strong coordination between Arbil and Baghdad and the coalition to fight the battle, and stressed the need to remove the anxiety that prevails in the psyches of citizens in Mosul and parties Sunni guarantee the rights of everyone, expressing support for the international community ‘s support for the Kurdistan region , which is expected exodus of the largest number of citizens of the region of Kurdistan. for his part ,, Nechirvan Barzani pointed out that the Kurdistan region is always working on relief and receive and save the oppressed , but the capabilities of the region is limited and the international community, especially the United States to support the region, offering thanks and appreciation to coalition countries, especially the United States for their support of the Kurdistan region militarily since the beginning of the risk of terrorists Daesh the region. on the relations between the Kurdistan region and Iraq said Nechirvan Barzani said the province is ready to resolve all problems with Baghdad through dialogue and hoped that the coming period is witnessing many meetings and meetings between the two sides to increase coordination and cooperation , provided that the conductor agreed and clear of political, security, social and humanitarian and development side. He also said that the Peshmerga forces managed to achieve a lot of big victories on the outskirts of Mosul and opened many fronts for the liberation of the city and the rest of the areas that still lie under the control of Daesh. in the axis of the meeting discussed Ganaan about the status of the region in general and Iraq and the Kurdistan region in particular ,and exchanged views and observations on some of the topics Related.




Oil plans to offer oil refineries for Investment and Announces produce about five million barrels per day


Oil refinery workers in the Rumaila


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Long-Presse / Basra

The Iraqi Oil Ministry on Saturday, for the production of about five million barrels of oil a day from all fields, including the Kurdistan region, and confirmed its intention to launch a number of oil refineries to the investment by the private sector, while suggesting plans to develop the refineries, drawn to it working to address some of the impurities in the licensing rounds for decades.