TNT "Tidbits From TNT" Wednesday AM 5-24-2023



CandyKisses:  Parliamentarian: Foreign presence in Iraq is unjustified. The need is gone


Information / Baghdad.


Deputy head of the Sindh National Bloc Faleh al-Khazali on Wednesday called on the government to speed up the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Iraq, stressing the lack of security need for their presence.


Al-Khazali said in an interview with Al-Maalouma that “supporting our security forces within the budget contributes significantly to the removal of foreign forces in general and the United States in particular from Iraqi territory.”


“Iraqi forces control the security situation in the country and do not need any external support to fight terrorism or impose security in the country,” he said.


Al-Khazali indicated, “The government is required to expedite the implementation of the parliamentary decision to withdraw these forces and issue an official letter demanding the removal of the American forces in light of the stability of the security situation.”


The representative of the Al-Sadiqun Parliamentary Bloc, Rafik Al-Salhi, had accused the US forces of undermining the security of Iraq, calling for the need to set a clear and specific timetable for the withdrawal of those forces from the country.


Tishwash:  Announcement of the participating countries in the Development Road Conference in Baghdad next Saturday


The Ministry of Transport intends to hold an international conference on the Development Road Project, under the auspices of His Excellency the Prime Minister, Eng. Mohamed Shiaa Al-Sudani, next Saturday, May 27, in the presence of representatives of ten regional countries, as well as representatives of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Bank international.


The media office of the Ministry of Transport said in a press statement that the ministry continues its preparations for the Development Path Conference, under the guidance of the preparatory committee for the conference, which is chaired by His Excellency the Minister of Transport, Mr. Razzaq Muhibis Al-Saadawi.


The statement added that the countries that were invited by the Ministry of Transport to attend the conference are (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Iran), and all of these countries have confirmed their desire to attend and participate in the activities of the conference.


The statement added that the conference will be held in the government palace inside the Green Zone, next Saturday (May 27), and will last for one day only.


The statement stressed that the conference will witness the official announcement of the project in order to know the countries that seriously wish to join the project.


With regard to media coverage, the statement indicated that a press center will be on the sidelines of the conference, and there will be entry authorizations for media professionals to cover the conference in coordination with the Ministry of Transport.   link




Tishwash:  Iraq invites international companies to develop 14 oil and gas fields and sites


The Ministry of Oil called on international companies specialized in developing oil and gas fields and sites to participate in the competition process in the new complementary and supplementary round of the fifth licensing round, which includes 14 oil and gas fields and sites.


The official spokesman for the ministry, Assem Jihad, said in a press statement that: “In connection with what was announced by the ministry in 2018 regarding the fifth licensing round, and what followed it last February in concluding contracts with the winning companies in the fifth licensing round to develop A number of border fields and exploratory sites in a number of governorates.


And he indicated that the announcement aims to enhance the ministry’s goals in encouraging investment in the oil sector, in cooperation with discreet international companies. The new fields were put forward   link




Tishwash:  Iraq seeks to revive oil “bridges” with three countries and is moving to secure its gas wealth


Iraq seeks to revive oil pipelines with 3 Arab countries, in addition to exploiting gas associated with production operations.


“Al-Sharq Bloomberg” agency, quoting Farhad Aladdin, advisor to the Iraqi prime minister for foreign relations, said on the sidelines of the “Qatar Economic Forum” that “there are negotiations to revive a pipeline with Saudi Arabia that existed in the seventies, and there is thinking about activating an oil pipeline through Syria.” In addition to the (Basra-Aqaba) pipeline, which is currently under study by consultants.


These plans come at a time when Iraq is suffering from stopping the export of Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, which caused the region to lose exports estimated at 450,000 barrels per day.


With regard to re-exporting oil through the pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, Aladdin said that the Turkish side says that there are “technical problems” that impede the resumption of its work, noting at the same time that “the Turkish run-off elections may be preoccupying the interests of Turkish officials at the present time.” “.


Iraq stopped exporting about 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Kurdistan Region and the Kirkuk fields via a pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan last March, after Iraq won an international arbitration case due to Turkey allowing Erbil to export oil without the approval of Baghdad, as Baghdad is considered Oil exports by the KRG are illegal.


Adviser to the Iraqi prime minister, he said, “The Turkish side initially asked to negotiate a fine approved by the court, estimated at $1.5 billion, but they told us later that the process of stopping the oil through Ceyhan pipelines was due to technical problems.”


In terms of gas, Aladdin said that his country seeks to fully exploit the gas associated with oil production operations, which currently ranges between 1,600 and 1,800 million cubic feet of gas.


For his part, Iraqi Oil Minister Hayan Abdul-Ghani said, yesterday, Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Qatar Economic Forum, that his country has a partnership with the “Shell” company to exploit the associated gas from oil production operations in Basra.


He added, “The first phase of exploitation of about 400 million cubic feet of associated gas will be opened by the end of this month, and the second phase will be opened at the end of the year.”


He continued: There is a partnership with the French company “Total” to exploit the equivalent of 600 million cubic feet of gas within 5 years.


Oil-producing countries can save additional resources amounting to $82 billion annually, if they exploit the gas burned in the air during the oil extraction process, which is called associated gas, according to “Global Data” data.


Russia, Iraq, Iran, the United States, Algeria, Venezuela and Nigeria are the seven countries that burn the most gas for nine consecutive years, since the launch of the first satellite in 2012 to track gas flaring operations, according to World Bank data.


These seven countries produce 40% of the world’s oil annually, but they account for about two-thirds of associated gas flaring worldwide.   Link