Q&A: Hussain al-Shahristani

The government's top energy official discusses ExxonMobil's options, fourth bidding round contract models, and federalism.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani in his office in Baghdad. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Since Hussain al-Shahristani became Oil Minister in 2006, he has primed Iraq for the biggest oil boom in world history, despite political infighting and a still-problematic security environment.

Dozens of the world's largest oil firms have won tough deals to develop oil and gas fields. On paper, at least, those contracts would make Iraq the world's largest-ever oil producer in only seven years.

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