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New leadership for Basra Oil Company

Bassem Abdul Karim has been appointed director general of BOC, the first major oil sector leadership change under Oil Minister Hayyan Abdulghani.
Bassem Abdul Karim at his office when he was director general of the Iraqi Drilling Company. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD/BASRA - Bassem Abdul Karim has been appointed the director general of the state-run Basra Oil Company (BOC), a key role with direct responsibility for the vast majority of Iraq's oil production.

Iraq Oil Report has seen a copy of the order appointing Karim, which was signed by Oil Minister Hayyan Abdulghani on Dec. 15, 2022. The order says the appointment is effective immediately.

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