By John Lee.
Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi [Elaibi] (pictured) has said that the Iraqi government is dedicated to supplying the ideal safe environment for international companies working in Iraq:
"Work in oil refining facilities and oil fields is normal and the ministry has supplied the extra protection needed for those locations by coordinating with security authorities and energy officials."
Meanwhile, according to UPI, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reduced its production growth forecast from Iraq by 300,000 barrels per day.
(Source: UPI, MoO)