Oil Ministry rejects provincial oil deals

At least two provinces are pressing for oil deals orchestrated locally, which the Oil Ministry is rebuking.
Work is ongoing at the tank farm at the Fao peninsula in southern Iraq. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

SULEIMANIYA - Iraq’s great federalist debate over control of the oil sector is spreading throughout the provinces, as the Oil Ministry stands its ground against local governments pressing for greater control of their crude.

Karbala and Dhi Qar provinces are pushing to develop local oil fields, but Iraq's Oil Ministry says its stance has not changed: it alone has the authority to sign oil contracts.

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