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

The Oil Ministry's contract chief talks about terminating the Mansuriya deal, the process ahead for approving bidding round five projects, and the future of Majnoon.
Q&A: Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, head of 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)

BAGHDAD - As the leader of the Oil Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi has proudly built a track record of negotiating deals that maximize revenue for Iraq and squeeze the margins of its corporate partners.

His hard-line posture has helped the ministry ink contracts that look so good for the government that some major industry players have avoided Iraq altogether – despite the size of the opportunity – while others have chosen to limit their footprint in Iraq.

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