Q&A: Ihsan Ismaael, Basra Oil Company director general

Basra's oil chief discusses efforts to protect Majnoon from flooding, plans for developing new capacity, and the field's place in Iraq's production strategy.
Q&A: Ihsan Ismaael, Basra Oil Company director general
Ihsan Ismaael, director general of the Basra Oil Company, inspects a bridge keeping rising floodwaters out of the Majnoon oil field on April 9, 2019. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

MAJNOON - The Majnoon oil field, which lies along the border of Basra and Missan provinces, has seen unusual volatility in the past year and a half.

Even before it was threatened last month by flood waters from Iran that continue to deluge southeastern Iraq, the field was weathering a transition in leadership, as the state-run Basra Oil Company (BOC) took over as operator after Royal Dutch Shell exited the project.

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