An arbitration court ruled the KRG owes the Pearl gas consortium nearly $2 billion for past production, but enforcement will be difficult and more legal battles loom, including KRG counter claims.
Despite some spending cuts, MPs across the political spectrum criticize the budget for its unrealistic expectations, but also expect it to pass.
Pearl Petroleum can now pursue fuel sales that went partially unpaid when it filed a multi-billion dollar arbitration claim over a larger contractual dispute.
The PKK does not intend to make further attacks on the pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey's Ceyhan port, though other Turkish infrastructure remains in the crosshairs.
On the sidelines of OPEC meetings, Abd al-Mahdi discusses Iraq's record exports, oil company payments, the relationship with Kurdistan, and new projects on the horizon.
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