Iraq halts Gharraf oilfield after Petronas evacuates staff

Iraq halted production of around 95,000 barrels per day of oil from Gharraf southern oilfield after Malaysia’s Petronas evacuated its staff from the field. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 17 March 2020

Iraq halts Gharraf oilfield after Petronas evacuates staff

  • Petronas, the operator of Gharraf, took the decision to protect its staff from the spread of the new coronavirus
  • Oil officials said they are working to restore operations at Gharraf

BASRA, Iraq: Iraq halted on Tuesday production of around 95,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from Gharraf southern oilfield after Malaysia’s Petronas evacuated its staff from the field, oil officials said.
Petronas, the operator of Gharraf, took the decision to protect its staff from the spread of the new coronavirus, Iraqi oilfield officials said; adding that the company took the decision without consulting with Iraqi officials in Gharraf.
“We were forced to shut down production because Petronas didn’t inform us of the evacuation process,” said one oilfield official.
Oil officials said they are working to restore operations at Gharraf on Wednesday.


Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Updated 03 August 2020

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

  • Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004

SHANGHAI: Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on its patents.
The company is calling for $1.43 billion in damages and demands that Apple cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post.
Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.
The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.
Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology. In July, China’s Supreme People’s court ruled that the patent was valid.