Oil Ministry appoints new acting Basra oil chief

As the new acting head of the Basra Oil Company, Bassim Abdulkarim will oversee the majority of Iraq's oil production, cementing the ouster of Ihsan Ismaael.
Oil Ministry appoints new acting Basra oil chief
Bassim Abdulkarim (left, black jacket), who was Basra Oil Company's deputy director general of production at the time, tours the Siba gas field with then-acting Basra Oil Company Director General Ihsan Ismaael (right, blue jumpsuit) on Jan. 17, 2019. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Iraq's Oil Ministry has implemented a decision by the Cabinet to remove Ihsan Ismaael as acting director general of the state-run Basra Oil Company (BOC), temporarily replacing him with Bassim Abdulkarim.

In a letter dated Oct. 27, 2019, which was obtained by Iraq Oil Report, the ministry ordered Abdulkarim, the BOC's deputy director general for production, to assume "the position of company director until an alternative candidate is nominated by the minister."

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