Q&A: Ihsan Ismaael, Oil Minister and President of INOC

Iraq's top oil leader discusses implementation of a mega-deal with TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil's exit, and the aftermath of a landmark court ruling on Kurdistan's oil sector.
Oil Minister Ihsan Ismaael. (Photo credit: Oil Ministry)

BAGHDAD - In office for nearly two years, Oil Minister Ihsan Ismaael has guided the ministry responsible for generating more than 90 percent of Iraq’s state revenues through periods of wildly fluctuating global oil prices.

He has also overseen several major contracts for field development, including a mega-deal with TotalEnergies for three projects in Basra, as well as finalizing contract terms with China’s Sinopec for the development of Mansuriya gas field in Diyala province.

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