Archive for the ‘2002’ Category
18 December 2002
Iraqi opposition exiles on Tuesday unveiled the results of a three-day confab in London, having agreed to set up a 65-member coordinating committee to follow up on principles and proposals agreed at the conference, and adopted in a main political statement and a document entitled the “transition period project.”
The conference, attended by 350-plus delegates, focused on the roles of different groups and parties in a post-Saddam Iraq, the nature of the regime to be established, and challenges of a transition period between the fall of the …
23 October 2002
International oil companies interested in securing footing in a post-war Iraq have few clues on where to start. The Bush administration is forging ahead with war plans, but US State Dept. attempts to organize an energy working group for exiled Iraqi opposition members are in disarray as divisions among the opposition groups persist.
“A number of oil companies have been querying about the possible political outcome of a war on Iraq,” says one US diplomat. At the moment, however, “we are mostly concerned with building an international …
10 July 2002
Iraq is aiming to increase its sustainable oil production capacity to 3.5 million barrels per day by the end of 2003, without help from foreign oil companies and assuming that UN sanctions remain in force for the foreseeable future, Iraqi oil ministry sources say.
Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Rashid recently put current sustainable production capacity at 3.2 million-3.3 million b/d, although other estimates are lower.
Under a “national effort” program launched in 1999, Iraq brought on stream the giant Majnoon oil field in May. This is currently …