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Iraq’s Parliamentary Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Committee declared this week that the Grand Faw Port project will include six berths dedicated to oil exports as well as product storage capabilities.
BGC upgrades compressor stations
Iraq’s Basra Gas Co. (BGC) inaugurated the first phase of the Hammar Mishrif Compressor Station (HM CS) last week during a ceremony attended by the country’s Minister of Oil Hayan Abdul-Ghani.
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The move follows a successful IPO in March for ADNOC Gas, which netted the state-owned company $2.5bn and was oversubscribed by more than 58 times.
Showdown talks as court rules against independent Kurdish exports
A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) visited Baghdad at the weekend to engage in talks over the ongoing dispute regarding oil and gas development and exports.
Iraq wins arbitration case against Kurdistan oil exports to Turkey
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Oman releases first batch of 2023 bid round licences
Oman’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals has launched a bid round for three new oil and gas concession areas in the sultanate. This targets both local firms and international oil companies, and is the first batch of Oman’s 2023 licensing round.
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Talks between Baghdad and French firm TotalEnergies are yet to find a resolution to sticking points that threatened to scupper the delayed $27bn deal.
Leviathan partners boost field valuation, plan higher output, exports
The partners in Israel’s giant offshore Leviathan gas field have placed a new value on the reservoir’s value following an updated report on it status by Texas-based Netherland, Sewall and Associates.
Maha kicks off Block 70 production tests in Oman
Swedish explorer Maha Energy this week announced the start of production testing at Block 70 onshore Oman as part of an eight-well drilling campaign. The company said it had begun with the Mafraq-9 well, with new wells to be added to the test system.
Kuwait declares state of emergency following oil spill
Kuwait Oil Co. declared a state of emergency on March 20 after an oil spill occurred in a location in the west of the country. However, no poisonous gas leakage was detected at the site of the incident.
Iran and Saudi look to continue thaw following deal
The Iranian Ministry of Petroleum this week released a statement expressing its willingness to accept foreign investment in its oil and gas projects.
Turkey eyes 40 bcm per year gas exports
Turkey wants to position itself as a key natural gas exporter on the back of its key Sakarya discovery in the Black Sea, the country’s energy minister, Fatih Donmez, said.
Petrofac wins Oman engineering work
UK-based services company Petrofac has been chosen by Shell to undertake a new engineering and procurement services project in Oman. Petrofac said it would carry out a five-year EPS contract for Shell’s Block-10 Mabrouk Phase 2 Project.
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Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to restore diplomatic ties on March 10, bringing an end to seven years of conflict between the two nations in a deal brokered by China that is expected to have wide-ranging consequences.
Iran offering crude, gas and condensate on IRENEX
Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji said at the weekend that crude oil and gas condensates would be sold to foreign customers on the Iran Energy Exchange (IRENEX). They would be available to domestic buyers at the same price during a particular period.
Iranian exports reach highest level since 2018
Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji has said the country’s crude exports have reached the highest level since the re-imposition of US sanctions in 2018, state media reported.
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