Q&A: Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, chief of Iraq oil contracts

The head of the Oil Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate discusses negotiations with Exxon, Iraq's new oil contract terms, the future of Kirkuk, and much more.
Q&A: Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, chief of Iraq oil contracts
Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, the director general of the Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate, in his office at the Oil Ministry in Baghdad, on Nov. 10, 2010. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

HOUSTON - Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi sits at the center of deal-making that will shape Iraq's oil sector for decades.

He recently oversaw Iraq's fifth bidding round, for which the Oil Ministry overhauled the model contract that structures its relationship with international oil companies (IOCs) - and awarded six projects.

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