Beyond the Headlines: Aug. 8-14

  • Basra prepares for Shell gas deal
  • More clashes between Missan, Baghdad
  • Provinces chafe at power quotas
  • Kirkuk governor favors SOFA extension
Beyond the Headlines: Aug. 8-14
Flames burning off excess gas rise behind policemen standing guard at Zubair oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra June 27, 2011. (ATEF HASSAN/Reuters)

Basra prepares for Shell gas dealBASRA — Iraq’s state-run South Gas Company (SGC) is gearing up for the implementation of the long-awaited Shell gas deal, though SGC director Ali Khudhier predicted the project would not produce exports until at least 2017.The Cabinet’s energy committee initialed a deal with Shell and Mitsubishi on July 12, which would create the Basra Gas Company, a joint venture designed to capture hundreds of millions of cubic feet of associated gas a day that is...

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