Q&A: Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi

Undeterred by an impending OPEC production cut, Luiebi turns his attention toward modernizing the gas sector and building long-neglected infrastructure.
Q&A: Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar Ali al-Luiebi (center), SOMO Director General Falah Alamri (left) and Iraq's national representative to OPEC, Ali Nazar al-Shatari (right), at the Nov. 30 OPEC meeting in Vienna. (Source: OPEC Media Office)

Oil Minister Jabbar Ali al-Luiebi is determined to maintain momentum in growing Iraq's oil sector, despite a financial crisis, an ongoing war, and an agreement this week with OPEC to shave oil production by nearly 5 percent in 2017. But how?In an interview over breakfast following the OPEC meeting in Vienna, he emphasized one clear area of focus: gas. By capturing more of the associated gas already generated as a byproduct of crude production, Iraq can better feed its power plants, redu...

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