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Four finalists for new ITP leg

The Oil Ministry has qualified four companies to bid on a contract to build a new 40-inch pipeline that will replace a large segment of the battered Iraq-Turkey Pipeline.

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Kirkuk pipeline offline after leak

Oil flow through the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline stopped late Nov. 1 following "a technical glitch and not an act of sabotage," according to a senior official at the North Oil Company (NOC), which manages the pipeline.

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CNPC hires locals to protect Halfaya

As the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) gears up for the next phase of operations at its Halfaya project, the company has begun hiring and training local villagers and farmers to provide security and increase local employment.

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Bai Hassan oil field attacked

A weekend attack on the Bai Hassan oil field caused minor damage but underscored how Iraq's worsening violence poses a danger to the oil sector.

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Karbala refinery on track

An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the $4 billion Karbala refinery will be signed by the beginning of 2014, part of a revived effort by Baghdad to boost its neglected refining sector.

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Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Oct. 22, 2013

Whenever the media office of the Council of Ministers publishes decisions of the Cabinet, Beyond the Headlines features a translation from the original Arabic.

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Southern oil exports recover

Oil flow through Iraq's Basra Gulf export terminals is back to normal capacity following a month-long infrastructure installation operation that caused exports to be cut by 30 percent.

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Mine clearance wrapping up in Block 10

Iraq has nearly completed a project to clear mines and other unexploded ordnance from an exploration block contracted to Lukoil and Japan's Inpex.

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Iraq creating new state oil firms

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has given his support to the formal establishment of the Dhi Qar Oil Company, one of many new state firms to be established over the coming year.

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Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Sept. 24, 2013

Beyond the Headlines features a translation of the Cabinet's decisions, which have been made public in Arabic by the media office of the Council of Ministers.

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Wasit, Dhi Qar push for state oil company status

With oil production increasing after years of neglect in their natural resources, Dhi Qar and Wasit provinces are looking to enshrine their new status in Iraq's oil-dependent economy by creating their own provincial state oil companies.

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Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Aug. 27, 2013

Beyond the Headlines features a raw translation of Cabinet decisions, as made public in Arabic by the media office of the Council of Ministers.

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Export pipeline bombed again

The Iraq-Turkey Pipeline was bombed south of Mosul Friday evening, the latest in a series of attacks that have basically shut down Iraq's second of two oil export routes.

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Iraq delays export platform installation

Iraq is delaying the installation of a major component of its new southern export infrastructure by at least a month.

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Arrest of tanker captains could slow exports

Five veteran tanker captains have been taken into custody by Basra's Integrity Commission for allegedly accepting gifts from ships they escort in and out of the Basra Gulf.

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Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Aug. 14, 2013

Beyond the Headlines features a raw translation of Cabinet decisions, as made public in Arabic by the media office of the Council of Ministers.

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