By John Lee.

Turkey has reportedly established a group of 51 experts to help solve Iraq’s water problems.

According to Anadolu Agency, Iraqi President Barham Salih visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week to discuss water and infrastructure.

(Source: Anadolu Agency)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced preliminary oil exports for May of 110,736,670 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.572 million barrels per day (bpd), up from the 3.466 million bpd exported in April.

These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 106,675,881 barrels, while exports from Kirkuk amounted to 3,166,261 barrels, and from Qayara 894,528 barrels.

Revenues for the month were $7.384 billion at an average price of $66.683 per barrel.

April export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced final oil exports for April of 103,988,607 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.466 million barrels per day (bpd), up from the 3.377 million bpd exported in March.

These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 100,635,009 barrels, while exports from Kirkuk amounted to 2,570,000 barrels, and from Qayara 783,598 barrels.

Revenues for the month were $7.021 billion at an average price of $67.514 per barrel.

March export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By Amberin Zaman for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Energy tops agenda of Turkish FM’s meetings in Iraq

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with Iraqi Kurdish leaders recently on the last leg of an ambitious visit to Iraq, in which the Turkish diplomat unveiled plans to reopen consulates in Mosul and Basra and to establish new ones in Kirkuk and Najaf.

Cavusoglu also announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would pay a formal visit to Iraq before the year’s end.

The timing of the two-day tour, which took Cavusoglu from Baghdad to Basra and finally Erbil, prompted speculation that Turkey was turning to its oil-rich neighbor for help after the US administration announced it was ending waivers that allowed a clutch of countries including Turkey to continue buying oil from Iran effective May 2.

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By John Lee.

The Turkish charter company Freebird Airlines will reportedly offer flights from Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands to Erbil and Sulaymaniya throughout the summer.

According to Eindhoven News, flights depart once a week from April to October.

(Source: Eindhoven News)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced interim oil exports for April of 103,988,853 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.466 million barrels per day (bpd), up from the 3.377 million bpd exported in March.

These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 100,635,009 barrels, while exports from Kirkuk amounted to 2,570,000 barrels, and from Qayara 783,844 barrels.

Revenues for the month were $7.011 billion at an average price of $67.419 per barrel.

March export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mr. Mohamad A. Alhakim received Turkish Foreign Minister Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at the Ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad; they reviewed bilateral relations, areas of joint cooperation between Baghdad and Ankara, as well as regional issues and mutual interest.

Minister Alhakim called for Turkish companies to contribute to the reconstruction of liberated areas, focussing on infrastructure, to ensure the return of displaced families to their homes.

He also stressed the need to activate a loan agreed with Turkey at the Iraq Reconstruction Conference last year in Kuwait.

(Source: MOFA)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced interim oil exports for March of 104,696,872 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.377 million barrels per day (bpd), down from the 3.621 bpd exported in February.

These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 100,909,946 barrels, while exports from Kirkuk amounted to 3,063,972 barrels, and from Qayara 722,954 barrels.

Revenues for the month were $6.709 billion at an average price of $64.082 per barrel.

February export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News

Iraq fears bevy of levees will mean parched years ahead

Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the largest dams in Iraq, the threat of drought persists.

Turkey is now taking the necessary steps to fill its controversial Ilisu Dam, while Iran continues to cut off tributaries of the rivers flowing into Iraq.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a March 7 rally that the country will begin filling the reservoir of the dam on the Tigris River in June, despite warnings from the Iraqi government that the process will dry out large areas of the country.

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By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has announced interim oil exports for March of 104,686,779 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.377 million barrels per day (bpd), down from the 3.621 bpd exported in February.

These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 100,899,853 barrels, while exports from Kirkuk amounted to 3,063,972 barrels, and from Qayara 722,954 barrels.

Revenues for the month were $6.679 billion at an average price of $63.804 per barrel.

February export figures can be found here.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)