By John Lee.
Sources have told Reuters that China's state-run Zhenhua Oil will supply diesel (500 parts per million (ppm) sulphur) to Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) through a term contract for the first time.
It will supply 600,000 tonnes of the 2.37 million tonnes sought by SOMO in a tender for delivery in the 2018 calendar year.
The company is part of defence conglomerate China North Industries Group Corp (NORINCO).
BB Energy, Litasco (the international marketing and trading arm of Russia's Lukoil) and Lima Energy (a joint venture between Litasco and SOMO) will also supply about 25 percent each.