By John Lee.
The Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs, Hussein al-Shahristani, has reportedly urged the consortium developing the Gharraf oilfield in Maysan province to speed up progress on the project.
He also offered to help "eliminate the obstacles facing the work of the company", which is a venture between the Japanese JAPEX and Malaysia's Petronas.
A delegation led by Osamu Watanabe, chairman of JAPEX, visited the Deputy PM on Sunday to discuss the development of the Gharraf and East Baghdad oil fields.
The company will open a training center for unemployed people this week.
The statement added that "both sides also suggested the establishment of a power plant of 150 megawatts which will use gas produced from the field," explaining that "The middle of next year, 2013, will see production of more than 100,000 barrels per day from the Gharraf field."