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Iraq oil contracts: the winners

by Kevin Baxter on Dec 14, 2009

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Officials in Iraq have said that the Gulf state could soon rival Saudi Arabia in regards to oil output after the second bidding round for oil contracts in the country was concluded.

Most of the major oilfields were snapped up by international oil companies and the only fields that failed to attract interest were the ones with serious security concerns, like the supergiant East Baghdad.

"Iraq is a powerhouse in the region and it will regain its place, its rightful place," Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari is reported by Reuters as saying.

The absence of US oil companies from the winning bidders surprised many industry experts and appeared to contradict claims that they would end up being the major developers of Iraq’s vast hydrocarbon reserves.

Winners

West Qurna Phase Two
Location: South Iraq.
Won by: Lukoil (85%) & Statoil (15%). An as yet unnamed Iraq partner will be added at a later date with a 25% share taking Lukoil and Statoil 63.75% and 11.25% respectively.
Scope: Reserves of 12.9 billion barrels. Winning consortium pledged to raise production to 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) with a remuneration fee of $1.15 per barrel.

Qayara and Najmah fields
Location: Northern Iraq near the city of Mosul.
Won by: Sonangol (Angola)
Scope: Reserves of 800 million and 858 million barrels respectively. Sonangol pledged to raise production to 120,000 and 110,000 bpd over nine years and will be paid $5 and $6 a barrel respectively.

Majnoon
Location: Southern Iraq, near Iranian border.
Won by: Shell-led consortium with Petronas.
Scope: Reserves of 12.58 billion barrels. Consortium to raise production to 1.8 million bpd over 10 years with a remuneration fee of $1.39 per barrel produced.

Gharraf
Location: Southern Iraq.
Won by: Petronas-led consortium with Japex.
Scope: Reserves of 863 million barrels. Consortium pledged to increase production to 230,000 bpd over 13 years with a remuneration fee of $1.49 per barrel.

Halfaya
Location: Southern Iraq.
Won by: China National Petroleum Corp.-led consortium with Petronas and Total.
Scope: Reserves of 4.1 billion barrels. Consortium pledged to increase production to 535,000 bpd over 13 years with a remuneration fee of $1.40 per barrel.

Badra
Location: Eastern Iraq near Iranian border.
Won by: Gazprom-led consortium with Turkey's TPAO, Korea's KOGAS and Petronas.
Scope: Reserves of 109 million barrels. Winning consortium pledged to raise production to 170,000 bpd over seven years with a remuneration fee of $5.5 per barrel.

Fields that didn’t attract bids

Kifl, West Kifl, Merjan, Qamar, Gullabat, Naudman, Khashim al-Ammar and East Baghdad.

Iraq Oil Ministry said it would develop them alone.
 


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It's destruction people - D-E-S-T-R-U-C-T-I-O-N. I liked "entertatment" myself - it sums up most trips out to my local s

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Graham H. (Dec 30, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Distruction/distraction
It's destruction people - D-E-S-T-R-U-C-T-I-O-N. I liked "entertatment" myself - it sums up most trips out to my local shopping "mole" on a weekend.

sufyan (Dec 29, 2009)
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Robert
is she? Robert? trying to correct the below reader? If yes please learn to write properly without mistakes ? refer to distruction = distraction? first and then you can correct to the others ? just look in to the mirror ?

Robert (Dec 15, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Iraq - wafaa
The fellow reader says, "moles" Is he or she referring to the females ones that have tunnel vision and leave a costly trail of distruction in the garden, or is the reference to "Malls", where the female ones leave a costly trail.................

wafaa (Dec 14, 2009)
uae,abu dhabi
United Arab Emirates

hope this will offer good life with dignity
we hope our people will get good service in healthmelectricity,hospital,schools,houses,markets,moles and entertatment


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