Experts emphasize the depth of the differences between Baghdad and Erbil on the approval of oil and gas law
15/11/2011 12:40

Baghdad, November 15 (Rn) - The Iraqi experts in the field of oil and energy that the problems between the governments in Baghdad and Erbil over oil and gas law is still the subject of deep differences will be resolved during the current year.

The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq Barham Salih, had announced during his visit to the United States, for reach Arbil to deal with Baghdad on the draft law of oil and gas, which is expected to be submitted to Parliament before the end of this year, at the time said a senior official in the Ministry of Oil after the signing of company, "Mobil Aksen" U.S. contract for oil exploration. In six locations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, he did not allow any oil company to the implementation of labor contracts in the region without the approval of the Federal Government

The head of the Contracts and Licensing at the Ministry of Oil Abdul Mahdi al-Amidi during his interview with Radio Free Iraq that those contracts in violation of the laws and regulations in force in Iraq.

A statement issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussain al-Shahristani said that "Iraqi government will deal with any company violate the laws the same way that dealt with similar companies previously identified as contracts signed with Iraqi Kurdistan," invalid and illegal. "

But the Energy Committee in the House of Representatives criticized the first 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 work of the ministry to prevent foreign companies in the oil fields against the recent agreement between Baghdad.

A member of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary Furat al-Shara (Rn) 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," adding that "such problems 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 said economic expert in the field of development of oil and expert formerly the Ministry of Oil Jalal Hamid told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) that "talk about the passage of a law of oil and gas during 2012 and solve problems in its final between Baghdad and Erbil is very difficult because the differences are large, especially with regard to visions respective legal them. "

He added that "the Iraqi government's hard to recognize the contracts concluded by the provincial government a partnership contracts and service contracts not because it sees it as a clear constitutional violation."

He continued that "the formation of three committees to resolve contentious issues between Baghdad and Erbil will not be enough unless concessions are granted and to facilitate the work of those committees set up by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki with the Prime Minister Barham Saleh."

Director of the Center, said the Iraqi market, Ke Ali G (Rn) that "the law of oil and gas will not see the light in 2012, which would hinder the export of Iraqi oil and access to 4 million barrels of Iraq's oil production."
"The problems with the need to Erbil microprocessors emphasizes the need to provide legal mechanisms and the agreement to clarify the extent stated in the Constitution regarding the role of regions and provinces in the management of oil projects."

He pointed out that "the Iraqi government believes that the work in the oil projects does not need a law to regulate its work because the view that any law would marginalize its role and powers granted to the Federal Council, which consists of oil from the membership of the Prime Minister and Minister of Petroleum and Energy committees in the provinces."

For his part, said Chancellor Abdul Hussein Al-Jabri (Rn) that "the Iraqi government is working to provide a summary to the House of Representatives for the oil and gas in 2007 after conducting consensus government regarding that matter and solve problems controversial continuation of a meeting of the committee formed to resolve contentious issues between Baghdad and Erbil."

He explained that "the problem that some of the proposals harm Balssayash oil and the situation of the Iraqi Aaguetsada and not the powers of the Kurdistan region and must find intermediate solutions to the political Attather adopted by the oil of Iraq."

Iraq's government announced it had agreed with the federal delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government to adopt the draft law of oil and gas provided by the government in February 2007

And completed three joint commissions formed between Baghdad and Erbil three reports to resolve outstanding issues and submitted to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to consider it and make them his position.

The Kurdish negotiator delegation paid a visit to Baghdad in 24 of the last month, and meetings with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi, and the delegation stressed the positive discussions held.
The three committees took it upon themselves to find solutions to file the disputed areas between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region, and the budget of the Kurdistan region guard "Peshmerga," and the law of oil and gas.

Plans to increase Iraq's oil exports during the next six years to 12 million barrels per day after obtaining the approval of the world's oil (OPEC)

And the recently strained relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, after he refused the draft Kurdistan Region Oil and Gas Law approved by the Iraqi government.

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 provincial territory, as he 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 the position of the Kurds.

The roots of the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil to oil contracts had been entered into the region with international oil companies without the consent of the Federal Oil Ministry contracts that were considered "invalid" and contrary to the Constitution.