Ministry restricts oil company security

Amidst growing government hostility towards foreign security companies, the Oil Ministry has ordered oil field subcontractors to get protection from the Oil Police rather than private firms.
Maj. Gen. Hamid Abdullah Ibrahim, head of the Iraqi Energy Police, on a March 7, 2012, tour of confiscated fuel smuggling tankers at the Dora refinery in Baghdad, with Members of Parliament. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The Oil Ministry has instructed subcontractors to the foreign oil companies operating in southern Iraq to stop using private security firms, and instead rely on Iraq's Oil Police to guard equipment and personnel.

The orders have not yet been implemented and no companies have cut ties with their security contractors, company and ministry officials said.

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