New Oil Exploration Blocks Announced

By John Lee.

Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] (pictured) has announced exploration and rehabilitation projects for nine exploration blocks in Iraq.

These include the onshore exploration blocks of Khudher Al-Mai, Jebel Sanam (Jabal Sanam) and Umm-Qasr on the Kuwaiti border; the Sindbad, Huwaiza, Shihabi, Zurbatia and Naft Khana blocks on the Iranian border; and the offshore exploration blocks in the Iraqi regional waters of the Arab gulf.

The Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD) will prepare all the related technical data for companies that wish to buy them and participate in the competition to rehabilitate the exploration blocks.

He said also that the foreign companies not yet qualified but wanting to participate can present their technical, financial, legal, health & safety, security and environmental information and documents to the PCLD.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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