"Gazprom Neft" beat «ExxonMobil» in the oil war in Iraq.
Arayik Sargsyan, Academician, Vice-President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Honorary Consul of Macedonia in Armenia.
The Russian company "Gazprom Neft" plans in the next two years to invest in the development of the Iraqi Badra nearly $ 1.15 billion, "Gazprom oil", which is the operator of the project, plans since 2017, for seven years to produce about 8.5 Badr million tons of oil a year. Simultaneously, the company is going to produce in 2020 with partners around 9 million tons of liquid hydrocarbons in three blocks in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.
Production sharing agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government on licensed blocks Garmian (share 40%) and Shakal (80%, operator), "Gazprom Neft" signed at the end of last year. In February 2013 an Iraqi portfolio company added the project Halabja, also located in Kurdistan.
Baghdad clashes with Kurdish authorities on the development of fields located there, considering that only the federal government has the right to enter into contracts for their development.
In November 2012, Iraq declared that "Gazprom Neft" to terminate agreements with Kurdistan, threatening the cancellation of the agreement on the development of Badr. However, in February, the Russian company said that the conflict with Baghdad because of the PSA was signed by the Kurdistan blocks exhausted.
If "Gazprom oil" will be able to work simultaneously in both Iraq and in the Kurdistan region, it will be more fortunate than ExxonMobil: from projects in Kurdistan Americans are forced under pressure to leave Baghdad, Iraq project West Qurna-1. It is possible that for the Russian company "Gazprom Neft" lobbied the Kremlin, offering a multi-billion dollar program of Baghdad, the military-technical cooperation.
For this purpose to April 16th and the visit of the Russian delegation to Iraq headed by the president of JSC "NK" Rosneft "Igor Sechin and CEO of" Russian Technologies "Sergei Chemezov. In talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, his adviser on national security Faleh al-Fayyad, Minister of Oil Abdul al-Luaybi and Energy Minister Abdel Karim al-Dzhumeyli they discussed the current status of cooperation and opportunities for joint projects energy, engineering and military-technical cooperation.
During the talks, JSC "NK" Rosneft "has expressed its readiness to hold a technical audit of the existing facilities, as well as to support the exploration and development of oil fields.
"Iraq has high potential for oil, but it can only be realized in stability. We are convinced that large-scale bilateral projects will allow the efficient development of the Iraqi economy, "- said the president of" Rosneft "Igor Sechin.
In the sphere of military-technical cooperation with Russia in Iraq is now being implemented contracts totaling $ 4.2 billion, mainly on the supply of Russian helicopters. There are other prospects in the area, which are currently being considered by the parties at the expert level.
Another focus of the Russian delegation negotiating with the Government of Iraq was cooperation in the field of power engineering. The sides discussed the possibility of resuming the project of the second phase of the TPP "Yusuf", providing for the construction of a 6-and power units of 210 MW each. Operator of the project "Tekhnopromexport", part of "Russian Technologies", previously implemented the modernization of TPP "Hart" and first of all TPP "Yusuf" worth more than $ 550 million.
All of these projects are very promising, but can a Russian company "Gazprom oil" at the same time to work successfully in this geopolitical sophisticated country, namely in Iraq and Kurdish autonomy - on the unlikely, as they say, "to sit on two chairs at the same time" - and you can left without a chair. http://www.yerkramas.org/2013/04/18/gazprom-n