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Q&A: Ali Yousif Zaboon, director of field operations at West Qurna 1

Production capacity at the West Qurna 1 oil field is set to increase to 600,000 bpd in 2023 despite operator ExxonMobil’s planned exit.
Ali Yousif Zaboon, director of field operations commission at West Qurna 1, in October 2022. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - ExxonMobil has started the process of handing over operations at the West Qurna 1 oil field to its consortium partner, CNPC, in preparation for its exit from the supergiant field.

The U.S. major’s decision to sell its stake in West Qurna 1 as operator has been pending for over a year as discussions have continued with the Ministry of Oil over the proposed sale of Exxon’s 32.7 percent stake in the consortium developing West Qurna 1.

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