Kurds criticize the government in Baghdad after the withdrawal of Shell's oil negotiations
17/11/2011 13:38

Baghdad, November 17 (Rn) - criticized the Kurdistan Alliance in the Iraqi Council of Representatives on Thursday the government in Baghdad after receiving reports about the withdrawal of Shell oil talks with Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government to develop the oil fields.

She told the Financial Times that Shell pulled out of negotiations in order to protect its investments in southern Iraq, including an agreement with the Iraqi government in Baghdad to develop gas projects worth $ 17 billion.

The Government of the Kurdistan region of Iraq to increase oil production in the region to one million barrels per day by 2015 from 150 thousand currently assisting international oil companies.

The newspaper said that Iraqi officials have threatened in recent days to cancel a contract to develop oil fields also with Exxon Mobil Corp. after it published the same newspaper that the company became the first company to reach a large oil exploration agreement with the government of Iraqi Kurdistan.

It is noteworthy that Shell and Mitsubishi obtained the concession from the Iraqi government to collect the associated gas at Rumaila, Zubair, West Qurna around the city of Basra, and Shell is expected to sign the contract next week.

The paper added that Western companies are racing to get the opportunities to invest in Iraq, which has one of the largest oil and gas reserves in the world.

She pointed out that Baghdad is seeking to impose a ban on companies operating in the territory of Kurdistan.
It is noteworthy that Iraq could increase its oil output to reach in the recent period to 2.8 million barrels per day, a level reached before the invasion in 2003.

He criticized the Kurdistan Alliance, reaffirmed the position of Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Hussein Shahristani, who strongly opposed the conclusion of the region to oil contracts.

A spokesman for the Coalition for a good pro-Kurdish news agency (Rn), that "al-Shahristani, jumped on the political agreements concluded between Baghdad and Erbil, and the last jump on the oil and gas law is the headquarters so far through his actions and decisions of the individual."

He explained that "the threat of foreign oil companies operating in the Kurdistan region by denying them contracts in all Iraqi provinces if continued to contract with the Kurdistan Regional Government is completely unacceptable and the region will not accept such a behavior."

He said that "the territory of Kurdistan believes that the solution could be that the remaining matters and contracts intact until the completion of the drafting of the law of oil and gas," pointing out that "al-Shahristani is still dealing with files that are shared with the mentality of the Central that do not fit the new situation in Iraq."

These developments come at a time ended the three committees negotiating a joint between Baghdad and Arbil, the end of last month's negotiations in Baghdad on the outstanding issues and raised the three reports to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The reports dealt with the most files stuck between Baghdad and Erbil is one of the disputed areas, the budget of the Regional Corps (Peshmerga), and the law of oil and gas.
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.