Q&A: Bassim Mohammed Khudair, director general of the Iraq Drilling Company

Iraq's state drilling company builds its credentials as it competes with international service companies for international oil company contracts in Iraq.
Q&A: Bassim Mohammed Khudair, director general of the Iraq Drilling Company
Bassim Mohammed Khudair (center left), director general of the Iraq Drilling Company, receives an award from Deputy Oil Minister Karim Hattab at the Missan Oil and Investment Exhibition in Amara, March 2017. (Source: Iraq Drilling Company media office)

BASRA - When international oil companies started signing contracts with Iraq in 2009, the Iraq Drilling Company (IDC) saw an opportunity.

Foreign operators were generally looking to outsource their drilling work, and the IDC brought in additional equipment and staff, competing directly with the world's largest service companies.

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