Monday 7 February 2011

GKP: He said, (s)he said

A weird weekend of news that shows just how difficult it can be to make judgments about Companies investing in more exotic parts of the world.

Firstly we had Iraqi President Al-Maliki saying in public that he was going to agree to the Kurdish terms and accept their contracts that they have signed with foreign oil companies. This is huge news, as this has been the political stumbling block for the past few years. In southern Iraq the terms offered by the Iraqi government are not very profitable for foreign firms, on the other hand the oil is there and it is an operational matter of pumping the oil and delivering it to market.

In Kurdistan it is an exploration play, and indeed, some of the hardest onshore drilling in the world to find the oil. Many companies, like Sterling Energy have invested a lot of money for no success. So the Kurds feel right to have offered these companies better terms.

However, later in the day today former Iraqi minister al-Shahristrani said that al-Maliki had been misquoted and the Government position of demanding re-negotiation or cancellation of the Kurdish contracts was still the position.

Given the complex nature of the political situation, with the Kurds holding the balance of power in the Iraqi parliament, one would expect that they will get their way sooner or later; but the progress makes for interesting trading opportunities!

1 comment:

Budgie said...

GKP seems stuck around the 160p-190p range at the moment. I don't have enough to trade in and out. Separately I have wondered about EMED falling from 21p to about 15.5p?