TASS, March 4. Issues of oil and gas production at projects developed in Iraq with participation of Russia’s Lukoil oil major were in focus of talks between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov, the Iraqi prime minister’s office said on Sunday.
The sides discussed the implementation of projects involving the Russian company, including West Qurna 2 in the Basra province, with an eye of increasing oil and gas production and creating new jobs for Iraqi citizens.
The Iraqi prime minister spoke for close cooperation and coordination between Russia’s Lukoil and Iraq’s State Oil Marketing Organisation.
West Qurna 2 in southern Iraq is among the world’s biggest oilfields, with recoverable reserves estimated at about 14 billion barrels. The field is being developed by a consortium of Russia’s Lukoil and Norway’s Statoil.
Lukoil, the West Qurna 2 project operator, has been negotiating amendments to the contract with the Iraqi government for quite a time. Thus, it wants to lower daily output from 1.2 to 0.8 million barrels. Apart from that, according to Alekperov, the sides are negotiating investments and deadlines for the implementation of liabilities. He said earlier his company planned to refer a plan for the field’s development to the Iraqi ministry of oil by the yearend.