Akkas stalls again

Anbar officials raise objections about gas exports and housing, ceremony to sign draft Akkas field deal postponed for second time since October.
Executives from the Korean Gas Corp. and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGaz wait at the Feb. 24 Akkas gas field signature ceremony, which was cancelled after Anbar province demands were not met. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Demands from Anbar officials, including assurances that gas from the Akkas field be utilized in the deprived province, have not been resolved since the dispute surfaced in October, delaying a signing ceremony at the Oil Ministry headquarters attended by nearly a dozen representatives of the Korean Gas Corp. (Kogas) and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGaz.

“We can’t go forward in these deals unless we have approval of the local governments,” said Oil Minister Abdul Karim Luaibi, speaking to reporters after the scuttled ceremony.

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