Kurdish oil minister Ashti Hawrami (pictured) has confirmed the names of the six exploration blocks awarded by the Kurdistan Regional Government to ExxonMobil:
- Al Qush, northwest of Erbil city and formerly assigned to Komet Group but withdrawn for lack of development;
- Bashiqa, southeast of Al Qush town;
- Pirmam in Erbil;
- Qura-Hanjeer, southwest of Chamchamal; and,
- a sixth block located along the border with Iran near the Penlwin border crossing.
(Source: Dow Jones)