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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.
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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