Parliamentary power: preventing Iraqi oil to foreign companies from operating in the province against the agreement of Arbil and Baghdad
13/11/2011 10:12

Baghdad, November 13 (Rn) - criticized the Energy Committee in the Iraqi parliament on Sunday, the position of the Ministry of oil from the work of some foreign oil companies in the Kurdistan region in the field of oil exploration, asserting that the prevention of the ministry for the work of foreign companies in the oil fields against the recent agreement between the Baghdad and Erbil.

A member of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary Furat al-Shara told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) announced today that "the decision of the Ministry of Oil on the prevention of a company the stricken Mobil U.S. to work in the Kurdistan region in the field of oil exploration affects the recent agreement between Baghdad and Erbil."

He added that "such problems be resolved through dialogue and understanding and not through the media and issue data, especially at this stage which saw the convergence of views between Baghdad and Erbil."

He continued that "the attitude of the Ministry of Oil and legal, but the Commission prefers the oil and energy resolved through dialogue and discussion and persuasion and not through the media escalation."

Announced the Office of the Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister for Energy Hussein al-Shahristani, on Saturday, the Iraqi government informed the U.S. oil company (Mobil Aksen) non-legal work in the province of Kurdistan, exploration fields.

The Company announced the stricken U.S. Mobil, which is developing oil fields in the province of Basra, it's got the approval of al-Shahristani to work in the Kurdistan region in the field of oil exploration.

He says the region that the draft law, however, focus the powers of the Federal Government in the management of oil wealth at the expense of the region and the provinces, as it passed by the Council of Ministers, without due process of law.

Under the terms of a Erbil agreements, provided that he agrees on the law of oil and gas, but the region accuse the National Alliance circumvent the conventions and pass the bill without taking into consideration the situation of the Kurds.

The Iraqi cabinet approved a draft law of oil and gas in 2007 but faced a Kurdish objection, observers believe it represents the differences between Erbil and Baghdad on oil revenue sharing and control of some fields in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan region.

The law will determine the party that controls the vast oil reserves, Iraq's fourth-largest reserves in the world and also aims to attract foreign investors.

Iraq seeks to increase capacity over the coming years to reach 12 million barrels per day.