By John Lee.

Sonangol has said it plans to increase production at its Najmah and Qayara oilfields to about 230,000 barrels per day (bpd).

The Angolan state oil company owns 75 percent of the oilfields, south of the city of Mosul, with estimated oil reserves of more than 1 billion barrels.

Output at Qayara is currently 40,000 bpd.

(Source: Reuters)

By John Lee.

Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] has announced the resumption of production at Qayara oil field in Nineveh province.

The field has been rehabilitated following its destruction by the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh).

It is currently producing 30,000 barrels of oil per day, with a plan to increase to 60,000 bpd by the end of the year.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

(Picture: Crude oil running through the streets of Qayara following damage caused by Daesh. Credit: UNICEF)

Two former detainees and the father of a man who died in detention have provided details of ill-treatment, torture, and death in facilities run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry in the Mosul area, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

A detainee held by the ministry’s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Office in an east Mosul prison from January to May 2018 said he witnessed and experienced repeated torture during interrogations, and saw nine men die there, at least two from the abuse.

Another man from Mosul, arrested in March by local police, died during police interrogation in the Mosul police station, his father said. And a man who was held in the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism prison in Qayyarah said he saw other men returning from interrogations with signs of abuse on their bodies.

More here.

(Source: HRW)

By John Lee.

Iraq has extended the deadline to bid for the construction and operation of a new 100,000-bpd Qayara refinery.

The full statement from the Ministry of Oil is as follows:

The ministry of oil would like to announce for the investment refinery in Ninawa governorate/ Qayara with a capacity of 100 thousand barrels / day.

The execution is according to the methods of BOOT or BOO and according to the investment law of the refineries No.64 for the year 2007 and its amendments.

The products of the refinery must be environment friendly according to the international standards.

The tax breaks must be according to the investment law No.13 for the year 2006.

In accordance with the second amendment of the investment law No.64 for the year 2007. The subtraction on the crude oil price over the ship is (8%) “The subtraction must be more than 5$ and less than 10$ of the global price”.

The studies, planning and follow-up directorate in the ministry of oil have prepared the data portfolio of the refinery and the price of the data portfolio shall be (30) thousand dollars, or its equivalent in Iraqi Dinars “nonrefundable”.

–  The closing date of selling data portfolios is at the end of the work hours of Tuesday the 15th of May 2018.

–  The receipt of the documents from the companies whom would like to invest in the above mentioned refinery must be to the end of the work hours of Thursday the 14th of June 2018.

The presentation of the documents will be to the Studies Planning & Follow-up Directorate directly in a closed envelop. Otherwise the documents will be rejected.

For further information please contact the E-mails (studies@oil.gov.iq) or (studies.oil@gmail.com).

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

The Ministry of Oil has announced an opportunity to invest in a 100,000-bpd refinery at the Qayara field in Ninawa governorate.

In a statement, the Ministry said:

The execution is according to the methods of BOOT or BOO and according to the investment law of the refineries No.64 for the year 2007 and its amendments.

The products of the refinery must be environment friendly according to the international standards.

The tax breaks must be according to the investment law No.13 for the year 2006.

In accordance with the second amendment of the investment law No.64 for the year 2007. The subtraction on the crude oil price over the ship is (8%) “The subtraction must be more than 5$ and less than 10$ of the global price”.

The studies, planning and follow-up directorate in the ministry of oil have prepared the data portfolio of the refinery and the price of the data portfolio shall be (30) thousand dollars “nonrefundable”.

The closing date of selling data portfolios is at the end of the work hours of Sunday the 1st of April 2018.

–  The receipt of the documents from the companies which would like to invest in the above mentioned refinery must be to the end of the work hours of Sunday the 15th of May 2018.

The presentation of the documents will be to the Studies Planning & Follow-up Directorate directly in a closed envelop. Otherwise the documents will be rejected.

For further information please contact the E-mails (studies@oil.gov.iq) or (studies.oil@gmail.com).

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has awarded the Al Faw [Al Fao] refinery and petrochemicals project to two Chinese companies.

In a statement, the ministy named the companies as Power China and “Nerco Chinese Companies“.

Mr. Assim Jihad, the spokesman of the Ministry,  said the refinery will have a capacity is 300,000 barrels/day.

He added that the project contains an integrated complex for petrochemicals, in addition to another facilities near the export port in Faw.

The ministry is planning to become self-sufficient in oil products by investing in the refining sector, and to become an exporting country.

Invitations will soon be issued to investment companies to participate in the Anbar refinery (150,000 bpd), Qayara refinery (10,000 bpd), and Thi-Qar [Dhi Qar] refinery (150,000 bpd), in addition to other projects to be announced soon.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] held a meeting with Edson Dos Santos, a director of Angolan oil company Sonangol, saying that he required the company to restart work in the Qayara and Najmah oil fields.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Oil, Edison said his company was ready to restart the work at the fields and to achieve the demanded targets.

Sonangol pulled out of these fields in 2014 due to security problems.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

It was hard enough coping with flight from conflict-hit areas during the winter months. Now, for the hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Mosul, summer heat is the new challenge.

Having survived ISIL, most families are now bracing themselves to battle their second most dangerous enemy – the sizzling sun and the sweltering temperatures that come with it.

With temperatures nearing 37° Celsius and rising, the coming months will be trying, according to the UN Migration Agency (IOM) communications officer Hala Jaber, reporting from the Qayara emergency site south of the embattled zone.

IOM’s emergency site at the former Qayara airstrip hosts over 52,000 displaced Iraqis or 8,746 families. The scorching heat is already having an impact on both health and living conditions for individuals living at the site.

From June onwards, temperatures in Iraq’s Ninewa governorate will hit, and on some days, surpass the 50° mark. The PVC tents that provided residents with much warmth during the cold winter months will be hard to tolerate in summer, as temperatures inside register at least 10° higher than outside.

“We are now sleeping outdoors to keep cool,” said Abu Omar, a displaced individual at the site. “It is literally impossible to bear the heat inside the tent.”

With the Qayara site at full capacity, IOM teams are in the process of ensuring that all IDP families are equipped with the basic materials that will help alleviate some of the summer’s discomfort.

Winter kits that have been modified for hotter days are being prepared for distribution to an estimated 7,790 families, in both Qayara and the neighboring Haj Ali camp.

By John Lee.

Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] has announced that the last remaining oil fire at the Qayara oil field has been extinguished.

The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) had sabotaged 34 of the 50 wells at Qayara, setting 18 of them on fire.

The Minister expressed his gratitude to the staff of the North Oil Company (NOC), the supporting oil companies, the civil defense, the security forces, the local administration in the zone and the governorate, the tribes and the civilians. He also confirmed the keenness of the ministry to speed-up the rehabilitation & development of Qayara and preparing the necessary plans for this process.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has installed water desalination stations for the displaced families in Qayarah and Erbil camps.

The IRCS has reported, “the IRCS teams in Erbil center have installed water station (m40) with a capacity of 600 thousand liters to provide water for more than 40,000 displaced at Khazer and Hasan Al-Sham camps in collaboration with France Red Cross.

While in Salahuldin center, the IRCS teams have also installed water desalination stations (RO) for the displaced families from Mosul in Jada camps and Madraj camp in Qayarah district, in cooperation with the Danish Refugees Council (DRC), in order to provide water for more than 1000 displaced people, a team trained by the IRCS are operating these stations.

The IRCS has installed water purification stations (RO) in six Iraqi governorates, to provide the drinkable water for the families in the outback and the far areas from the center of the governorates.

(Source: IRCS)