Q&A: Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, head of Iraq’s oil contracts

Despite operating under a caretaker Cabinet, the Oil Ministry's contracting chief is trying to sustain momentum on the 5th bidding round and other major projects.
Q&A: Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, head of Iraq’s oil contracts
Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, the director general of the Oil Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate, at a May 23, 2018 press conference following the signing of a development contract for the East Baghdad oil field with ZhenHua and the Midland Oil Company. Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema, to Ameedi's right, looks on. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Interview covers:

  • Production plateau reductions
  • Performance factor changes
  • Push to approve bidding round 5 deals before new government
  • Final negotiating point with ExxonMobil and PetroChina for south infrastructure deal
  • Restarting Akkas and Mansuriya

BAGHDAD - As the director general of the Oil Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi is at the center of Iraq's evolving relationship with international oil companies.

The ministry is currently in the process of finalizing new contracts that were awarded just before the country's May 12 elections - but which still need to be formally approved by the Cabinet before signing.

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