KAR Group confirms Ninewa oil contract

Workers clean a cooling system at the Kalak refinery, which is operated by the KAR Group. KAR is building the Hamdaniya refinery as part of its Production Sharing Contract with Ninewa province. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Iraq Oil Report/Metrography)

Deal to provide needed fuel and investment to Ninewa province while bringing it closer to Kurdistan.

Analysis: Iraq’s oil disputes remain unresolved

Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abdulmahdi (left), KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (center), and KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani (right),  in Erbil on Nov. 13, reach a deal on restarting revenue sharing payments and exports. (Source: Kurdistan Regional Government)

The recent Baghdad-Erbil oil deal has inspired optimism, but it avoids key details at the heart of big issues – control of territory and oil rights – on which neither side wants to compromise.