Interviews

Ali Khudair, the chairman of the Basra Gas Company and general manager of South Gas Company, stands in his office in Basra. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)

Q&A: South Gas Company chief Ali Khudair

The head of Iraq’s anti-flaring efforts discusses progress – and delays – on the long road to capitalizing on the country's natural gas wealth.

Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim

IRAQ-UNREST

Positioned between Baghdad and the KRG, Karim explains how he is negotiating to squeeze badly needed resources from both sides.

Q&A: PKK spokesperson Zagros Hiwa

PKK spokesperson Zagros Hiwa stands in a cemetery of hundreds of PKK fighters in the Qandil mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan on Nov. 6, 2014. (DANIEL W. SMITH/Iraq Oil Report)

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.

Q&A: Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Adil Abd al-Mahdi OPEC 6-2015

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.

Q&A: Deputy Oil Minister Dhia Jaffar

Dhia Jaffar, the head of Iraq's state-run South Oil Company (SOC), announces the opening of a new single point mooring (SPM), part of Iraq's expansion of its southern export infrastructure. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

The new refining chief says Karbala is on track, Missan is behind schedule, Nassiriya is open for offers, Kirkuk is ready for financing, and Basra can dip into petrodollars to build a new one.

Q&A: Basra Gov. Majid al-Nasrawi

Iraq's President Fuad Masum walks with Basra Governor Majid al-Nasrawi in Basra, southeast of Baghdad

The leader of Iraq's oil capital discusses economic development and security for Basrawis and oil companies.

Q&A: Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim

Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim (L) and Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi (R) walk on the outskirts of Kirkuk on Feb. 2, 2015. (AKO RASHEED/Reuters)

Karim criticizes leaders in both Baghdad and Erbil for their handling of oil policy and territorial disputes, and outlines a vision of Iraqi federalism that empowers provinces.

Q&A: Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari meets with EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton in Baghdad

Zebari discusses contract renegotiations with oil companies, financing Iraq's budget deficit, and building trust between Baghdad and Kurdistan.

Q&A: Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, center, speaking to reporters o March 20, 2015, near Hamrin oil field, alongside Badr Organization head Hadi al-Amiri after the latter's force helped retake areas around the Ajil and Hamrin oil fields. (Source: Oil Ministry media office)

Iraq's top oil man talks about renegotiating oil contracts, addressing long-standing disputes with Kurdistan, and building infrastructure and boosting exports.


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