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Oil export of June similar to May, says oil minister of Iraq

Oil export of June similar to May, says oil minister of Iraq
From the field owned by the central government in Baghdad, oil export for Iraq is at around 3.27 million barrels per day (bpd) so far in June. Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi had disclosed this data last week.

Total exports for all fields in Iraq, those of Baghdad and the Kurdish region in the north, have averaged 3.8 million bpd so far in June, he told Reuters in the southern oil city of Basra. The country as a whole is producing about 4.315 million bpd, he said.

He further added that Kurdish exports are running at about 520,000 to 530,000 bpd so far this month. Iraq is in "quiet negotiations" with foreign oil companies operating in Iraq to amend their services contract, he said, declining to give more details.

The country wants to change the terms of the contracts it deems no longer in its favor after oil prices collapsed three years ago, when they were in excess of $100 per barrel, to about $45 per barrel now.

Luaibi said that oil prices should start recovering by the end of July, to reach $54 to $56 a barrel by the end of the year. Iraq is the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' second oil producer, after Saudi Arabia. The group in May rolled over an agreement to cut oil production with other exporting nations, until March, in order to support oil prices.

He also mentioned, "Iraq supports the agreement that we reached; if developments happen contrary to OPEC's interests, the (OPEC) ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting."

Iraq will continue developing its production capacity and will start executing a sea water injection project in its oilfields at the end of the year, even without an agreement with Exxon, he said.

He further added, "We are now in talks with Exxon Mobil, if we don't reach an agreement, we have other options."
Updated 29 Jun 2017 | Soruce: Business Insider | By S.Seal
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