Archive for the ‘2006’ Category
29 September 2006
It will be 2008, at the earliest, before Iraq’s southern provinces unite to form the giant oil-rich federal region that some Iraqi groups are calling for. That’s the deal reached this week by Shiite and Sunni lawmakers which, for now at least, averts further ethnic and religious strife over a Shiite-backed law outlining the mechanisms whereby Iraq’s provinces can form autonomous regions. But the arrangement, brokered by Kurdish lawmakers, does nothing to enlighten international oil companies confused about the way Iraq’s huge southern fields will or should …
5 May 2006
Talks on forming Iraq’s next government seem to be edging closer toward an agreement on the main portfolios, including the Oil Ministry, and an announcement could be made as early as next week, Iraqi sources said Thursday.
Two candidates emerged this week as the strongest candidates for the oil portfolio: former Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban, a technocrat who is backed by several parties including some in the largest parliamentary bloc, the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, and Hussein al-Shahristani, a physicist who heads an independent bloc within the …
24 May 2006
Iraq’s new Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani sought to send a positive message to international oil companies eyeing Iraq as he took over at the ministry Tuesday.
“There is need to pass an oil and gas law to guarantee the right conditions for international companies to help develop the Iraqi oil sector,” al-Shahristani told reporters in Baghdad, after the handover from former acting minister Hashem al-Hashemi.
The 64-year-old nuclear scientist, who served as deputy speaker in the previous National Assembly, admitted that Iraq needs billions of dollars in …