ISTANBUL/LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan’s
attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another
obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry
sources said the autonomous region’s pipeline to the
Mediterranean has been shut for the past week.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not launched any
oil tankers from the Turkish port of Ceyhan in over a month as
Baghdad has moved to block the vessels from unloading at foreign
LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s state-owned
national energy company KazMunaiGas took a significant step
towards a possible stock market flotation in London, confirming
on Friday it had approached its majority-owned exploration
company to buy all its remaining shares.
Bringing the cash-rich exploration arm back into the
state-owned group is widely seen by analysts as a move towards
the eventual public listing or IPO of the national company,
which operates some of the largest oil and gas fields in the
LONDON/BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – A tanker
carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away
from arriving at a U.S. port, according to ship tracking
satellites, despite Washington’s long-standing concern over
independent oil sales from the autonomous region.
The United Kalavrvta tanker, which left the Turkish port of
Ceyhan in June carrying oil delivered via a new Kurdish
pipeline, is due to dock in Galveston, Texas on Saturday,
Reuters AIS Live ship tracking shows.
LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil rose towards
$108 a barrel on Wednesday as threats to supplies from
oil-producing regions and a drop in U.S. oil stocks overshadowed
a stronger dollar.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude
stocks fell by 4 million barrels last week, more than expected,
while gasoline and distillate stocks rose.
LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Hedge funds and other large
speculators slashed their bets on higher Brent crude oil prices
by almost 25 percent in the week to July 15, ICE said on Monday,
as prices collapsed to their lowest in three months.
The IntercontinentalExchange Inc. said money
managers reduced their net long futures and options positions in
Brent to 151,981 from 201,568 as prices fell to a
three-month low of $104.39, down from more than $115 a barrel in
LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – A near 10 percent drop in
international oil prices since last month has taught a painful
lesson to many hedge funds and other speculators in energy
futures: you can ignore physical markets for only so long.
Hedge funds piled into what seemed a one-way bet in early
June, grabbing up oil contracts as the rapid advance of Islamist
insurgents in northern Iraq threatened supplies from OPEC’s
second-largest producer at the same time that peak summer demand
LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – Brent crude fell to a fresh
one-month low beneath $110 a barrel on Tuesday, as prospects for
a rise in Libyan oil exports improved and fears of supply
disruption in Iraq eased.
The benchmark is headed for a seventh straight session of
losses, the longest losing streak since October 2012, and has
shed 5 percent since the Iraq crisis drove prices to a
nine-month high of $115.71 in June.
LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region
has hit back at Baghdad over independent oil exports, a letter
from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) showed, threatening
to counter sue the central government for trying to block its
The strongly worded letter shows growing confidence from the
Kurdish capital Arbil in the long-running oil sales dispute, as
Baghdad struggles to regain control of swathes of territory lost
to a Sunni Islamic militant insurgency.
ARBIL (Reuters) – Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds outlined plans on Wednesday to swiftly ramp up oil exports now that their forces have seized control of Iraq’s main northern oil fields, a move that could tear up the settlement holding Iraq together since the fall of Saddam.
Kurdish Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami told Reuters the Kurds had plans to increase their exports eight-fold by the end of 2015, including pumping oil from the fields taken by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago.
BASHIQA/MOSUL Iraq (Reuters) – Two weeks after Sunni insurgents overran northern Iraq’s biggest city Mosul, shrines lie smashed, non-Sunnis have fled and armed men have warned women not to walk in the streets unescorted.
Residents who welcomed the expulsion of the Shi’ite-led government’s soldiers and police from the mostly Sunni city are now asking what life will bring under the al Qaeda offshoot calling the shots, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).