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A giant oil company confirms that under the "reluctance" Baghdad, it will cooperate with Kurdistan

23/04/2018

 

 

 

(Independent) ... In October last and at the height of the political crisis in the Kurdistan Region, a letter to the Iraqi Oil Ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sitsen, president of Rosneft.

In a letter to Reuters, Sechin wrote that the Baghdad government was showing "a lack of constructive attitude and interest" in Rosneft's offer to develop fields in southern Iraq.

Kurdistan, home to some six million people in northern Iraq, had sought to break away from the rest of the country but the attempt failed. Baghdad rejected the September 25 independence referendum and sent troops to control important oil fields, the region's main source of income.

Now that he is reluctant to work with Rosneft, Sechin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the company will cooperate with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which has shown "greater interest in expanding strategic cooperation."

The international forces, including the United States and the European Union, which has expressed sympathy in the past with the Kurdistan Independence Campaign, the government of Baghdad, the recognition of sovereignty over the entire territory of Iraq, including Kurdistan.

But Sechin's speech did not refer to such a recognition. Rosneft pledged to invest billions of dollars in Kurdistan, which angered the Baghdad government now, and instead of retreating, clings to its position.

Seven sources told Reuters that Sechin's position was stronger than Iraqi officials thought. A few days ago Rosneft acquired oil pipelines to Turkey from the Kurdistan government for $ 1.8 billion. The aim of the deal was not only commercial, but to strengthen Russia's political influence in Iraq and the Middle East, according to sources in Rosneft, the oil industry and the Kurdish and Iraqi governments.

The sources pointed out that the control of pipelines gave Rosneft a pivotal role in the ongoing talks between the government of Kurdistan and Baghdad to resume full oil exports, which were disrupted by the referendum and control of Iraq fields.

The Kurdistan Region has huge oil reserves, which may be one-third of Iraq's total, and its exports are vital to the local economy and Iraq as a whole.

In an indication of Rosneft's influence, three sources in the sector in Arbil and Baghdad said Korda officials said they would not start pumping oil and transferring money to the Iraqi government unless they pay a fee for the pipeline to the major Russian oil company.

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Allaibi acknowledged the role of the growing company in Kurdistan when he met with Didier Kasimiro, the right hand of Cichen, in Baghdad this month and said he was ready to cooperate with Rosneft in "renewing the pipes."

Sutton, the Kremlin, the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq and Rosneft did not respond to requests for comment on the report. The Kremlin has repeatedly said Rosneft's projects are purely commercial and not political.

The Iraqi Oil Ministry declined to comment on any political aspects of the Rosneft deal.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rosneft's moves in Kurdistan, linked by an old alliance in the United States, show how the Kremlin has used Rosneft, its chief executive officer, as an instrument of foreign policy around the world, from Erbil to Caracas and New Delhi.

Many countries, including Italy and France, have been using oil majors as a tool in foreign policy, but Moscow's exploitation of Rosneft has increased dramatically in the last two decades under Putin.

For Kurdistan, the growing Russian influence has a sharp geopolitical shift. The region has been linked to a close alliance with Washington since Saddam Hussein was toppled during the US-led invasion in 2003.

Amos Rosstein, who served as energy envoy to the administration of former US President Barack Obama, said that while Rosneft and other Russian oil companies are seeking to make profits, they also act as political entities when necessary.

"It directly follows President Putin," he told Reuters. Not all deals are political. But when Putin wants a political deal, of course. Russia does not have many tools to exert its political influence and energy the most effective. "

Baghdad, which does not recognize the pipeline deal, has found itself in a difficult situation.

The government faces financial difficulties because of the war on the organization of the Islamic state and has only small amounts to build new pipelines from Kurdistan, while do not want to disrupt the oil flows from the region to rely on to generate revenues are in dire need.

"Second Foreign Minister"

Rosneft's role in supporting the Kremlin's foreign policy is not limited to Iraq, which Russia has used elsewhere in the world, according to Rosneft and industry sources.

"He will act as a second foreign minister, or in other words, he represents the economic power behind Russian foreign policy," a source in the sector said. Often these policies are to incite Americans. "

In Venezuela, Rosneft offered loans of about $ 6 billion to support the government. The company may eventually own the Texan refineries currently owned by the National Oil Company because they guarantee the debt.

In India, Rosneft invested $ 13 billion in a refinery, an exaggerated price for an oil complex, seeking to overcome a Saudi Aramco offer and strengthen Russia's ties with a traditional ally of the United States.

In a rare interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sechin said this year he was confident Venezuela and Kurdistan would pay their debts in full and denied the deals were political.

"This is a difficult question," said 57-year-old Sechin, responding to a question about whether he considers himself a politician. I always feel that I have lived more than a life. I think the right word is a manager. "

He was born in St. Petersburg and worked in the 1980s as a military interpreter in Mozambique and Angola, where Moscow and Washington fought proxy wars.

Putin knew about Sechin in the 1990s in St. Petersburg and took him to Moscow where his star emerged. Sechin helped him nationalize a large sector of the Russian oil industry and was appointed chief executive of Rosneft in 2012.

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Kurds have long advocated the territorial right to sign agreements with foreign companies to pump oil from their territory as a semi-autonomous region. In 2014, independent oil exports began through Turkey.

However, the central government in Iraq says that deals Kurds with foreign companies or export of oil from Kurdistan is contrary to the law without obtaining the approval of Baghdad.

Russia was the only major global force that did not oppose the Kurdistan independence referendum, saying it understood the aspirations of the Kurds for independence. The United States, the European Union, Turkey and Iran urged the provincial government to cancel or postpone the vote.

While US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a postponement of the vote, he would be engaged in negotiations over the pipeline deal.

In the days following the referendum, Cord officials, including Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, went to Moscow to meet with Rosneft executives and Russian Foreign Ministry officials, according to two sources.

On October 20, at the height of the chaos that followed the referendum, Sean would have struck the deal.

The sources said Rosneft paid the final installment of Erbil's $ 1.8 billion deal. Rosneft and Sitshen, both under sanctions for Russia's annexation of Crimea, did not disclose how much the company paid for the pipeline.

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Kurdistan Energy: The Government of the Territory is conducting oil deals "behind the scenes" with international companies

 

 Since 2018-04-25 at 11:37 (Baghdad time)

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The Oil and Energy Committee in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament accused Wednesday the government of the Territory of conducting oil deals without its knowledge with international companies, pointing out that the region's monthly revenue of oil reaches more than 600 million dollars.

"The committee is not aware of the oil deals concluded by the region with the international companies," Chairman of the Committee Shirko Jawdat told Mawazine News.

"The recent deals concluded by the provincial government with the oil company Rosneft not known to us as a parliamentary committee and not even to the supervisory committees within the parliament of the region."

The Chairman of the Committee, that "in light of high oil prices in world markets, the region's monthly revenues reach more than 600 million dollars according to the daily export rates, but deals and contracts confined within the territorial government only."

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Kurdistan Regional Government spokesman Sven Dazi said on Monday that the Kurdistan Regional Government has proposed to Baghdad to export Kirkuk oil through the region's oil pipeline to Turkey, pointing out at the same time that the province transferred the management of the plan to export oil to a Russian company.

"The Kurdistan Regional Government proposed to the Iraqi Oil Ministry to export Kirkuk oil through the Kurdistan region to Turkey," Dzi said in a news conference, "Economy News," noting that "the proposal includes the export of oil through the supervision of the company Sumo."

Dzi added that "the Iraqi government welcomed the proposal of the region," pointing out at the same time that "ulcer has not become a dialogue between the two sides so far."

On the other hand, Dzi revealed that "the management of the pipeline of the oil pipeline to the Russian company Rosnev to invest in it," adding that "investment in the line of oil export will benefit the region."

Russian company Rosneft has concluded a package of contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government to buy oil of the province and to manage and develop the main oil pipeline pipeline, which runs from the Kurdistan Region to Turkey.


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The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government Sven Dzi , on Monday, that the provincial government has proposed to Baghdad to export Kirkuk oil across the oil pipeline of the region to Turkey , pointing at the same time that the province transferred the management of a plan to export oil to a Russian company. 

"The Kurdistan Regional Government proposed to the Iraqi Oil Ministry to export Kirkuk oil through the Kurdistan region to Turkey," Dzi said in a news conference attended by Alsumaria News, noting that "the proposal includes the export of oil through the supervision of the company Sumo."

 

 


Dzi added that "the Iraqi government welcomed the proposal of the region," pointing out at the same time that "ulcer has not become a dialogue between the two sides so far." 

On the other hand, Dzi revealed that "the management of the pipeline of the oil pipeline to the Russian company Rosnev to invest in it," adding that "investment in the line of oil export will benefit the region." 

Russian company Rosneft has concluded a package of contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government to buy oil of the province and to manage and develop the main oil pipeline pipeline, which runs from the Kurdistan Region to Turkey.

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Economy News Baghdad:

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has denied media reports about selling an oil pipeline to a Russian company .

The government's spokesman, Sven Dzeyi, said the denial was made. "The pipeline was not sold, but it is supervised by Rosneft with a framework of an investment contract for maintenance and other works," Dziay told reporters .

He said that "the matter was not invented by the government of Kurdistan, but it is applied throughout the world ."

Dzii announced earlier in the day to reach an agreement with the Government of Baghdad on the export of 250 thousand barrels per day from the fields of Kirkuk to global markets through the pipeline transport within the Kurdistan Region .

Dzi said the proposal was welcomed by Baghdad.


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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has denied media reports about selling an oil pipeline to a Russian company. 

The government's spokesman, Sven Dzeyi, said the denial was made. "The pipeline was not sold, but it is supervised by Rosneft with a framework of an investment contract for maintenance and other works," Dzii told reporters. 

And Dziay that 'the matter was not invented by the Government of Kurdistan, but is applied throughout the world'. 

Dzii announced earlier in the day to reach an agreement with the Government of Baghdad on the export of 250 thousand barrels per day from the fields of Kirkuk to global markets through the pipeline transport within the Kurdistan Region. 

Dzi said the proposal was welcomed by Baghdad.

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Barzani is to visit Russia next Wednesday for talks with Roosevelt

 

 Since 2018-05-08 at 18:41 (Baghdad time)

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Reuters) - Prime Minister Najran Barzani will hold high-level talks in Moscow on Wednesday with Russian officials, an official with the Kurdistan Regional Government said on Tuesday. 
"The Bazarani will visit Moscow at the invitation of Igor Sechin, president of Rosneft," the official said. 
The Kurdistan Regional Government signed several contracts with Russian oil company Rosneft, but the federal government in Baghdad rejected it and considered it unconstitutional for its absence from signing.

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Barzani leaves Erbil for Moscow

Barzani leaves Arbil for Moscow
 


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The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, left Tuesday evening for the capital Erbil to Moscow, at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the official website of the government of the province said in a statement.

An official in the regional government had announced earlier that Barzani will visit Moscow on Wednesday for high-level talks with Russian officials.

In a statement to the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, a statement to the twilight news that Barzani paid an official visit to the Russian capital Moscow, indicating that the visit comes to participate in the 73rd anniversary to celebrate the victory in World War II. 

The statement pointed out that Barzani was invited by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was transferred by Rosneft CEO Igor Segen from Putin's office.

The statement noted that Barzani after participating in the procession of the anniversary will participate in the number of important and bilateral important talks, including a meeting with President Putin.

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- Russian oil giant Rosneft said on Wednesday it had opened a new oil field in Iraq. 

"The new field, named Salman, is an important step towards expanding the company's operations outside of Russia," Rosneft said in a press release.

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[Rosneft oil company] Russia said on Wednesday it opened a new oil field in Iraq called Salman, what will contribute to increasing crude production of the country.
"Bashanft International, a subsidiary of the Rosneft Group, opened a new oil field called Salman, based on the results of drilling the first exploratory well in Block 12 in Iraq," the Russian company said in a statement. 
It added that crude oil was discovered after digging a well with a depth of 4277 meters, which is an indication of the discovery of reserves of crude. 
The 12th oil exploratory area in Muthanna province in southwestern Iraq is part of an undisclosed part. 
Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company, did not disclose the size of the expected reserves for the new field, but said the disclosure was a milestone in the development of the company's international exploration and production projects. 
Rosneft is not the only Russian oil company active in Iraq, where Lukoil, 
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In IraqBy Irina Slav - May 24, 2018, 9:30 AM CDT oil tech

Russia’s Rosneft has discovered a new oil field in southwestern Iraq, the company said. The first well in the field, named Salman, was drilled at over 4,000 meters and it tapped commercial amounts of crude, Rosneft said. Drilling started in February 2017 and was supposed to be completed by July the same year.

Rosneft acquired the rights to the Salman field when it bought smaller Russian oil producer Bashneft two years ago.

Until recently, Rosneft was widely seen as a partner of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which is still at odds with Baghdad. Last year, after an ill-fated independence referendum in the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Rosneft stepped in to help the Kurdistan government by investing US$3.5 billion in the management of the region’s biggest oil pipeline.

Earlier in 2017, Rosneft provided a loan of US$1.2 billion to the KRG to help it fill a budget gap and committed another US$400 million to oil field exploration in the autonomous region.

 

For most observers, this was a clear sign that Rosneft—and Russia by association—is on the side of the Kurds, and hence against the central Iraqi government in Baghdad, but a few months later Iraq’s foreign minister dispelled this impression by saying Baghdad was open for business with everyone, including Rosneft. Related: OPEC May Ease Oil Cuts As Soon As June

Rosneft also reportedly used its clout in Kurdistan to advance its expansion into Iraq. Last year, Igor Sechin sent a letter to Iraq’s oil ministry that said as much: if you don’t want to let us into your southern oil fields, we will go explore in Kurdistan, which demonstrated “a higher interest in expanding strategic cooperation.”

Many industry and Middle East politics observers see Rosneft’s expansion in Iraq as a way for Russia to expand its political influence in the region. Rosneft’s taking over the Kurdistan-Turkey pipeline, according to a Reuters story from April, gave the company an instrumental role in the talks between Baghdad and Erbil aimed at restoring full oil flows from Kurdistan to Turkey and oil export payments from Erbil to Baghdad.

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Russian oil giant Rosneft has discovered a new oilfield some 350km south of Iraqi capital Baghdad, said a report.

The new oilfield, named Salman, has been uncovered after more than a year of drilling in the unexplored region, reported The Moscow Times.

The new find will serve as an important step toward expanding the company’s operations outside Russia, stated the report, citing a Rosneft statement.

Rosneft had last year struck a number of deals in Iraqi Kurdistan, including the purchase of a majority stake in the region’s key oil pipeline that runs to Turkey and a deal to purchase oil until 2019, said The Moscow Times report.

Rosneft, run by President Vladimir Putin’s ally Igor Sechin, is a major investor in Iraqi Kurdistan and controls its oil pipelines, it added.

 

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MOSCOW - Russian oil company Rosneft signed an agreement on the development of gas works in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Friday on the sidelines of the Petersburg International Economic Forum, which includes cooperation in the construction of the gas pipeline.

St. Petersburg - Sputnik. The "company Rosneft " about this agreement, at a press conference, said that "in the framework of the agreement signed, the parties will develop a comprehensive plan for the development of the gas business in the Kurdish Republic of Iraq , the region, and one of the most important elements in this plan is the initial design for the construction and operation of the gas pipeline In Iraqi Kurdistan. "

 

Iraq presents new areas for oil and gas exploration
 

Baghdad accuses Erbil of illegally contracting with international oil companies to export and produce oil and gas in areas under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government, while warned the Iraqi Oil Ministry companies to contract with Kurdistan without her knowledge.


The Iraqi Oil Ministry announced earlier this month that revenues from the export of crude oil from oil fields in central and southern Iraq during December last about 6 billion and 496 million dollars.

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The signing of an agreement on the draft gas pipeline between the Kurdistan region and "Russian oil" Russian

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MOSCOW - Russian oil company Rosneft signed an agreement on the development of gas works in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Friday on the sidelines of the Petersburg International Economic Forum, which includes cooperation in the construction of the gas pipeline.

"Within the framework of the signed agreement, the parties will develop a comprehensive plan for the development of gas business in the Kurdish region of the Republic of Iraq. One of the most important elements in this plan is the initial design and construction of the gas pipeline," Rosneft said at a press conference. In Iraqi Kurdistan. "

Baghdad accuses Erbil of illegally contracting with international oil companies to export and produce oil and gas in areas under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government, while warned the Iraqi Oil Ministry companies to contract with Kurdistan without her knowledge.

The Iraqi Oil Ministry announced earlier this month that the revenues of the export of crude oil from the oil fields in central and southern Iraq during December last about 6 billion and 496 million dollars.

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Agreement between the Kurdistan Region and "Rosneft" to build a gas pipeline

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Russian state oil giant Rosneft signed an agreement to help the Kurdistan region develop its natural gas reserves and build a gas pipeline. 

Rosneft said it would study the early engineering and design of a gas pipeline in Kurdistan as part of its plan to build an integrated commercial value chain in gas activities in the region, Reuters reported. 

According to the agency "sputnik" Russian, Rosneft signed the agreement Friday on the sidelines of the Petersburg International Economic Forum. 

"Within the framework of the signed agreement, the parties will develop a comprehensive plan to develop the gas business in the Kurdistan region. One of the most important elements in this plan is the initial design and construction of the gas pipeline in Iraqi Kurdistan," Rosneft said at a press conference.

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Economy News _ Baghdad

Iraq announced on Friday the volume of trade with Russia. 
"The volume of trade exchange between the two countries (excluding cooperation in the field of energy and the military field) rose by 53 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 and amounted to one billion and 402 million," the Iraqi ambassador to Moscow, Haidar al-Athari, told a news conference. After it was 916 million and 800 thousand dollars. " 
"This volume of cooperation is below the level of ambition compared to what the two countries enjoy," he said. 
He pointed out that "the joint government committee between the two countries held its meetings in February under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Ragosin and included in its membership most of the ministries of the two sides. During the meetings discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields."
In his response to a number of questions and queries raised by journalists and media professionals attending the conference on oil contracts between Russia and the Kurdistan government, the Iraqi ambassador said that "the contract signed between the company (Ross Oil) and the Government of Kurdistan during this year and last year on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg With the Iraqi constitution, which gives the right only to the federal government to sign oil contracts. " 
"The federal government is not bound by these contracts and is considered illegal, while it supports companies that deal directly with them such as Lukoil, Gazprom, Bash Naftal and other companies," he said.
He ruled out that "the contract signed recently between the company (Rosneft) and the Government of Kurdistan any negative effects on relations between the two countries, where the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak last year, a visit to Iraq during which he met with Prime Minister Haider Abadi and discussed ways of cooperation and humiliation Obstacles and challenges between the two sides ".


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Economy News _ Baghdad

Iraq announced on Friday the volume of trade with Russia. 
"The volume of trade exchange between the two countries (excluding cooperation in the field of energy and the military field) rose by 53 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 and amounted to one billion and 402 million," the Iraqi ambassador to Moscow, Haidar al-Athari, told a news conference. After it was 916 million and 800 thousand dollars. " 
"This volume of cooperation is below the level of ambition compared to what the two countries enjoy," he said. 
He pointed out that "the joint government committee between the two countries held its meetings in February under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Ragosin and included in its membership most of the ministries of the two sides. During the meetings discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields."
In his response to a number of questions and queries raised by journalists and media professionals attending the conference on oil contracts between Russia and the Kurdistan government, the Iraqi ambassador said that "the contract signed between the company (Ross Oil) and the Government of Kurdistan during this year and last year on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg With the Iraqi constitution, which gives the right only to the federal government to sign oil contracts. " 
"The federal government is not bound by these contracts and is considered illegal, while it supports companies that deal directly with them such as Lukoil, Gazprom, Bash Naftal and other companies," he said.
He ruled out that "the contract signed recently between the company (Rosneft) and the Government of Kurdistan any negative effects on relations between the two countries, where the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak last year, a visit to Iraq during which he met with Prime Minister Haider Abadi and discussed ways of cooperation and humiliation Obstacles and challenges between the two sides ".


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Report: Kurdistan will issue 10 billion cubic meters of gas abroad by 2020

 

 Since 2018-06-03 at 12:47 (Baghdad time)

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The Organization of the role of follow-up oil file in the region, that the Kurdistan region will be able by 2020 to export 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas abroad.

The organization said in a report entitled "Natural gas in the region, a new round of conflict between Arbil and Baghdad," continued / Mawazin News / "According to the information obtained, the provincial government will begin in 2020 to export natural gas from the fields of the region to Turkey, "Pointing out that" the estimates of the Ministry of Natural Resources in the provincial government confirms the capacity of the pipeline created by the region for the export of natural gas to secure 6% of the needs of natural gas in Europe, which is equivalent to 30 billion cubic meters.

"The KRG signed three contracts in the field of natural gas with the world's largest companies, which are the contracts signed with Dana Gas UAE and its shareholders, and the Turkish Energie and Rosneft Russian," adding that "each of these contracts have positive aspects And the other negative on the provincial government. "

"The year 2018 will be an important year for investment in the region's medical gas sector, because the region is setting its feet in a new phase in the production and investment of natural gas in accordance with international standards," said Raya Houri, director of the organization.

Hawrami said that "the contracts signed by the provincial government to invest in the natural gas sector in the province interspersed with an imbalance and impose conditions for large amounts on the regional government by the companies invested."

He pointed out that "the contract signed by the Turkish company JNL Energy with the Kurdistan Regional Government for the export of natural gas, imposes on the regional government to grant Turkey 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas, which he represents half of the Turkish needs of natural gas, which imports from Russia.

"The failure of the region's ambitions to export and sell natural gas a new round of conflict between the provincial government and the federal government, similar to the oil file, which is still controversial and a dispute between Arbil and Baghdad."

He pointed out that "the aspirations of the region and the opening of the doors of investment and the export of natural gas should be through coordination and cooperation with the federal government."

He added that "it is impossible for the region to continue in its plans to invest natural gas without the issuance of a law of the Federal Council of Representatives," adding that "the provincial government to work through its representatives in the House of Representatives to issue a law granting the powers required for the region to be able to benefit from his wealth And the activation of administrative decentralization in respect of the oil and gas file in Iraq, which gives the region the right of extraction and export.

He added that "the world is moving towards increasing investment in natural gas and the need to use medical gas in the production of electricity will reach in 2040 to about 40%," adding that "the region will be able by 2020 to export 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas Abroad "

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Putin resolves debate on Russia's projects in Kurdistan and sends a message

Putin resolves debate on Russia's projects in Kurdistan and sends a message
 



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The Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that all Russian projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are legitimate and promising. 
Putin said at a news conference that these projects are not aimed at encouraging internal conflicts, but rather aim at developing normal relations. 
And entered the "Gazprom Oil" in the summer of 2012 projects in the province of Kurdistan, rejected by Baghdad. 
It also signed the production sharing agreements in the Garmian bloc with Russia's share of 40%, Halabja and Shakal with 80%, while the remaining government of the Territory and Gazprom Oil signed in February 2013 an agreement on public service work for a third bloc in the region Halabja. 
The Russian company "Ross Naft", recently on the sidelines of the Forum Petersburg International Economic, an agreement on the development of gas work in Kurdistan of Iraq, including cooperation in the construction of the gas pipeline.

 

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Putin: Our plans in Iraqi Kurdistan are legitimate and do not encourage internal conflicts

 

 Since 2018-06-07 at 17:43 (Baghdad time)

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MOSCOW 
- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday that all Russian projects in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are legitimate and promising and not aimed at encouraging internal conflicts, but aim at developing normal relations. 
This statement came to Putin during a press conference held after the "direct line" with the Russian citizens, in the context of his answer to a question on the prospects of relations between Moscow and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, especially after the signing of a cooperation agreement in the gas sector between the Russian "Rosneft" , Last May. 
Putin added that "Moscow appreciates the pursuit of the Kurdish people to protect their rights, but that Russia supports relations with both the federal government in Baghdad and the government in Erbil." 
The Russian president expressed his hope that "all projects in the territory of Iraq with the participation of Russia" will be achieved

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