Q&A: Mahdi Badi of the South Oil Company

Days before the start-up of a new export line, the man in charge talks about what it takes to build new arteries between fields and tankers.
Q&A: Mahdi Badi of the South Oil Company
Mahdi Badi, a South Oil Company official and chairman of the Majnoon joint management committee, at the opening of the Majnoon jetty Feb. 7, 2012. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

Mahdi Badi is the Oil Ministry's point man on two of Iraq's most important projects: the development of the super-giant Majnoon field and the construction of a new southern oil export facility.As the chairman of Majnoon oil field's joint management committee, Badi sits at the head of the table with officials from Royal Dutch Shell and Malaysia's Petronas, the companies developing of the 12 billion barrel field.As that field jumps from its current production of 54,000 barrels per day (bpd...

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