Committee on Energy: Oil Ministry's position is contrary to the Convention on the Erbil
Date: Mon 11/14/2011 9:00

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At the time when the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq Barham Salih, 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, 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. "

For its part, criticized the Energy Committee in the House of Representatives 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 work of the ministry to prevent foreign companies in the oil fields against the recent agreement between Baghdad and Erbil.

A member of the Commission on oil and energy parliamentary Furat al-Shara to AKnews Sunday: "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: "Such problems solved 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.

In the same context and in a special interview with Radio «NPR» American speaking Prime Minister Barham Salih from the conflict between Arbil and Baghdad over oil policy, saying the Iraqi constitution allows for the government of the Territory to take advantage of the fields and oil wells discovered newly From this point we started to work the development of oil infrastructure in the region, and on this basis let international companies to help us in the exploitation of this wealth and extraction. Yes, there are differences between us and the federal government, and specifically with the Iraqi Oil Ministry, but recently we came up with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to agree on a draft law of oil and gas will be submitted before the end of this year to the Iraqi parliament for approval, and there is an important fact you should pay attention to it, that we produce oil now and we export via pipelines of Iraq, and proceeds back to the Iraqi treasury and distributed to all Iraqis, so we need a law that defines the entire process, and ultimately the time management of oil wealth by the central authority has ended, do not return anymore to oil policy, the central .
Saw to that member of the Energy Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives Bayazid Hassan that the recent oil contract between the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq and the U.S. oil company entered into in accordance with the law of the region's oil and gas, at a time when the federal law still awaits resolution. Attorney Bayazid Hassan described the position of Deputy Prime Minister al-Shahristani, that does not serve the political process in Iraq, wondered about the paradox of the Federal Government to accept the proceeds of oil producer and exporter of Kurdistan at the time of refusing to sign contracts for the development of the productivity of the region's oil.
Noted that the Iraqi government had been removed in the past, companies active in the Kurdish region for access to oil contracts in the rest of Iraq.
Kurdish oil expert Wajid Shakir, believed to be large and solid company in the world of the stricken oil such as Mobil will not offer to sign a contract with the Kurdistan region of what were not sure of, that does not intersect with its other obligations with the Iraqi Oil Ministry. The oil expert pointed out that the delay in the enactment of a national oil and gas, which regulates the relationship with the regions and oil-producing provinces with the federal government will keep the intersections and conflicts going on.
The Advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq for the Kurdistan region just Berwari has declared that the three committees formed after the delegation's visit Kurdistan to Baghdad, including the Law Committee of oil and gas filed its report to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki before the Eid day one, has reached an agreement that satisfies all the Parties.
This is confirmed by the Chancellor in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Michael Howard, who said during his interview with Radio Free Iraq that progress had been made in Baghdad, as an agreement was reached to review the draft law of oil and gas for 2007 and the amendment requires the amendment to be submitted to the House floor before the end of this year.
For its part, announced the stricken Mobil U.S., which is developing oil fields in the province of Basra, it's got the approval of al-Shahristani to work in the Kurdistan area of ​​exploration, the Cabinet had approved the draft law of oil and gas in 2007 but faced objections Kurdish, observers believe it represents the differences between Arbil 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.
Officials in the province of Kurdistan: 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 from the Cabinet, 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 account the situation of the Kurds.