Iraq Blacklists Tankers Transporting Kurdish Crude Oil

By Dmitry Zhdannikov (Reuters) Iraqi state oil firm SOMO has blacklisted three tankers involved in shipping crude from Kurdistan, stepping up pressure on the semi-autonomous region amid tense talks on sharing oil revenue. Kurdistan has been exporting crude independently via Turkey since mid-2015 after saying Baghdad had failed to respect an oil revenue-sharing deal and … [Read more...]

Kurds Ask U.S. Court to Scrap Seizure Order, Allow Crude Delivery

HOUSTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq asked a U.S. court on Monday to throw out an order to seize some 1 million barrels of disputed crude oil and allow the cargo to be freely delivered in Texas. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying about $100 million worth of Kurdish crude, has been anchored near Texas for nine days, as the Iraqi region … [Read more...]

Kurdish Oil Cargo Unloaded at Sea, Destination a Mystery

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, July 31 (Reuters) - Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. The United Emblem, which is carrying more than 1 million barrels of oil, is one of three tankers loaded with oil from the … [Read more...]