KRG Council of Ministers Statement on Press Reports on Recent Dana Gas USA Actions 
Kurdistan Regional Government Council of Ministers
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq 
31 May 2017

On 31 May 2017, it would appear that there have been many inaccurate press reports and speculations particularly in Kurdistan regarding the arbitration and the recent enforcement actions taken by Dana Gas in the USA. We know that some of the local media sites have attempted to mislead our people to further their own political agendas. Therefore we wish to clarify the following:

The arbitration is subject to duties of confidentiality under applicable law and arbitration rules.  Without waiving these duties of confidentiality, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is obliged to correct inaccurate and incomplete information in the public domain.

Dana’s latest claim for damages for delayed development has not even been heard by the tribunal.  However, some media sites in Kurdistan appear to be circulating information about that claim that is misleading and incomplete.

The KRG will continue vigorously to pursue its rights and to defend its position in relation to Dana’s pending claim in all appropriate fora, and we kindly remind our people not to allow themselves to be misled by irresponsible and politically motivated media outlets.

The KRG has also in the past had to correct public statements by Dana, which quote selectively from the tribunal’s partial awards and create an impression that is materially misleading and incomplete.  Given that some of the same misinformation still continues to be circulated within the media, the KRG reiterates the contents of its previous press releases which are summarized below:

- The tribunal rejected the Claimants’ claim for over $1.7 billion in respect of so called excess gas.  The tribunal determined that the KRG is entitled to receive all the gas produced by all the existing facilities at Khor Mor without additional charge and the Claimants are not entitled unilaterally to charge the KRG for such gas.

- The tribunal entirely rejected a claim that Dana and Crescent had lost some $3.3 billion in respect of earn out payments they claimed they would otherwise have received.

- The tribunal entirely rejected further claims by Dana that it could recover over $24 million in damages from the KRG as a result of emergency asset sales it allegedly undertook as a result of its financial difficulties.

- The tribunal declined to provide 18 of the 19 declarations the Claimants sought in relation to their alleged rights under the contract. 

- The tribunal held that some declarations sought by the Claimants on international petroleum industry practice are “wrong” and declined to grant additional determinations sought by the Claimants.

Moreover, Pearl remains obliged, under the terms of the accounting procedure in the contract with the KRG, to refund to the KRG the balance of any revenues after recovering its invested petroleum costs and a contractual remuneration fee. 

The remaining issues will be heard in the next phase of the arbitration.  The KRG will continue vigorously to defend its position in all available fora.

Dana’s press release is also materially misleading as regards Dana’s own performance.  The tribunal did not find that the Claimants managed and performed the project efficiently or well or there was no unreasonable delay in the Claimants’ execution of the project.  It merely found that the Claimants’ management of the project progress did not amount to a breach of contract.  It took the Claimants over four years to complete the LPG plant despite their original indication that it would take them only nine to ten months to complete.

The KRG considers that the Claimants’ approach in the arbitration is unconstructive and unnecessarily escalates the dispute.  Rather than embarking on costly and protracted legal action that distracts the KRG from the important tasks it faces, the Claimants should, like other IOCs, cooperate with the KRG to develop the resources of the Kurdistan Region to the optimal benefit of its people.

The Claimants are well aware of the enormous financial pressures facing the KRG and the people of the Kurdistan Region.  The KRG’s financial difficulties result from taking essential steps that are critically important to both the Kurdistan Region and the international community, including the KRG’s effective fight against ISIS terrorism and its efforts to care for over 1.8 million refugees and IDPs within the Kurdistan Region.

In summary, the Claimants version of events is selective and misleading, including because it omits to mention that some of their key claims as stated above in the arbitration have failed.


As per KRG's agreement with the Iraqi government and under the 2015 Budget Law


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