Petronas faces conflict over foreign workers

The Malaysian firm operating the Garraf field objects as Dhi Qar province restricts visas in an effort to replace foreign staff with Iraqis.
Then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (center) attends a ceremony to celebrate the start-up of the Garraf oil field in Dhi Qar province on Sept. 21, 2013. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

NASSIRIYA - Malaysian oil firm Petronas will file a complaint directly to the oil minister against its Iraqi partners for restricting visas to foreign personnel.

A senior South Oil Company (SOC) official involved in the visa process said both SOC and its Dhi Qar province directorate has authorized an effort to replace foreign staff with Iraqis, part of a larger trend to provide more local jobs.

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