Iraq eyes 17% surge in oil output in 2011

20 Dec 2010

(MENAFN) Iraq’s Oil Minister, Hussain Al Shahristani, said that the country’s oil production is expected to increase by 17 percent in the upcoming year, up from the current 2.35 million barrels per day (bpd) to 2.75 million bpd, Bloomberg reported.

Iraq, holder of the world’s fifth-largest oil reserves, wants foreign investors to help it boost production of crude and natural gas, thus, the government has awarded 12 oil contracts and three gas licenses to various firms. Additionally, it has invited companies from South Korea and Kazakh-stan to sign immediately a delayed contract for the Akkas gas field, said Shahristani.

According to Shahristani, Iraq generates most of its revenue from oil sales. However, the government wants to produce gas as fuel for power plants, which have been unable to meet domestic demand. Officials hope to develop Iraqi gas reserves for electricity and export.

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