Baghdad courting BP in Kirkuk

After a two-day visit to Kirkuk field from BP, Iraqi oil officials say the British major is poised to submit a development proposal despite objections from Kurdish officials.
The first producing oil well at Babagurger in Kirkuk, discovered 80 years ago, is now capped and fenced off. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - British oil giant BP spent two days inspecting Kirkuk field and holding detailed meetings with Iraq's state-run North Oil Company (NOC) this week, and could submit a proposal for developing the field within a month.

Talks are moving forward, Iraqi officials confirmed, despite Monday's warnings from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that it would block any deal for Kirkuk that is made without its participation. The KRG also announced plans to take formal control of the Makhmour district, which holds the most prolific parts of the Kirkuk field.

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