A media department official in Wassit Council said on Sunday that they had expelled executives from the Al-Ahdab oil field accusing them of embezzling public funds.
Taha Hassan Abdul told AKnews that the decision came after a delegation from Wasit council including its deputy chairman visited the field, 30 km west of Kut, with a group of journalists in a bid to shed light on the oil field’s financial administration.
Hassan told reporters from AKnews that the al-Adhab oil field security force attempted to forceably prevent the delegation from entering the site.
“Verbal altercations occurred between the two sides before the administration agreed to receive the delegation, which included seven members of the Council who wanted to shed some light on allegations of the field’s management wasting public funds.”
Without giving precise details of the allegations, Hassan said that the council members demanded access to administrative documents concerning tenders, field projects, the site’s payroll and “some other issues” in which the delegation were looking for evidence of corruption.
The Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) took on a 20 year service contract to develop the field in 2008, the first company to enter the Iraqi oil sector since the 2003 US-led war.