was a large jump in Iraqi oil exports in the week leading to 16 March.
At an average of almost 2.6 million barrels a day, Iraq exported a
total of 17.9 million barrels of oil during the week, raising an estimated €367
(euros) in revenue at current prices.
This is the largest volume of oil exported in a single week under the
current phase IX, which began on 6 December 2000.
There were 11 loadings at Ceyhan and Mina al-Bakr terminals, six of
which were at Ceyhan.
The average price of Iraqi crude oil during the week was approximately
$19.94 or €21.91 (euros) per barrel.
phase IX Iraqi oil exports, so far, have totaled 118.7 million barrels,
earning an estimated €2.54 billion
Since the beginning of the oil-for-food programme on 10 December 1996,
Iraq has exported 2,325 million barrels of oil for an estimated revenue of
some $38.6 billion and €2.54 billion
the week, the United Nations oil overseers approved eight more oil purchase
contracts, on behalf of the Security Council’s 661 sanctions Committee.
These contracts were for 8.3 million barrels of Kirkuk crude and 12
million barrels of Basrah Light.
There are now 129 approved contracts for the lifting of over 368
million barrels of oil, 220
million barrels of which are for Basrah Light and 148 million barrels for
United Nations oil overseers have now adopted a new policy to prevent the
diversion and discharge of Iraqi oil cargo at a destination other than that
authorized in an approved oil purchase contract.
According to the new policy, the masters of the vessels loading Iraqi
oil will sign a notification indicating the authorized destination of the
cargo. Any diversion from the
authorized destination will be the liability of the shipping company.
The new policy is in response to an incident in February when an oil
cargo of two million barrels of Basrah Light destined for the United States
was discharged in the Far East, incurring a revenue loss of 8.5 million euros
to the programme. The United
Nations Treasury is in the process of collecting this amount from the buyer
through BNP Paribas, at the request of the Iraqi State Oil Marketing
There was yet another slight increase in the total value of
contracts placed on hold by the 661 Committee.
There were 1,677 contracts worth over $3.36 billion on hold,
representing 17 per cent of the value of all contracts circulated to the
Committee. Of these, 1,124
contracts worth about $2.92 billion were for humanitarian supplies, while 553
contracts worth $442 million were for oil industry spare parts and equipment.
During the week, 35 contracts worth $92.2 million were
released from hold by the Committee and 58 new contracts worth $99.9 million
were put on hold by the Committee for various reasons.
The only two contracts for human vaccines worth $1.2 million previously
on hold, were released by the Committee during the week.
phases IV to IX, the Committee has now approved 5,407 contracts worth over
$11.4 billion for humanitarian supplies and another 2,398 contracts worth more
than $1.3 billion for the purchase of oil industry spare parts and equipment.
The Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP) has notified the Committee of
1,524 contracts worth over $3.6 billion for humanitarian supplies which have
been processed under “fast track” procedures based on pre-approved lists,
while another 117 contracts worth about $78 million have also been “fast
tracked” for oil industry spare parts and equipment.