Ismaael removed as head of Basra Oil Company

One of Iraq's top oil leaders has been dismissed, as the Cabinet enacts orders to replace dozens of directors general.
Ismaael removed as head of Basra Oil Company
Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema (center left) and Basra Oil Company Director General Ihssan Ismaael (on Nema's left) attend a ceremony on July 15, 2019, marking one year since Royal Dutch Shell exited the project and Basra Oil Company took over as operator. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Iraq's Council of Ministers has ordered the removal of Ihsan Ismaael, the acting director general of the state-run Basra Oil Company (BOC), along with five other senior oil officials.

Ismaael has led BOC since September 2017, overseeing the majority of the country's oil production and serving as a key interlocutor for international oil companies (IOCs) managing its biggest fields.

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