Q&A: Exxon’s Iraq chief James Adams

With the West Qurna 1 oil field ahead of schedule, the head of ExxonMobil’s Iraq operation discusses the status of the project and the challenges ahead.
Q&A: Exxon’s Iraq chief James Adams
ExxonMobil Iraq Vice President James Adams along with other ExxonMobil and Iraqi Oil Ministry officials at an April 26, 2011 ceremony in Basra. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

The world’s most profitable company was the first of two American international oil companies (IOCs) to win an oil field contract with the Iraqi government. Now, leading a consortium that includes Royal Dutch Shell and Iraq’s Oil Exploration Company and South Oil Company, Exxon has boosted production at West Qurna 1 by over 10 percent, triggering its first payday.The newly formed West Qurna 1 Field Operating Division will effectively run the field for the next 20 years, ultimately aiming...

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