The dealmaker

Iraq Oil Report talks to the chief of the Oil Ministry's contracts department about the impact of government negotiations on the gas deals, removing obstacles to Iraq’s planned production boost, and the next round of potential oil contracts.
Abdul Mahdi al-Ameedi, the director general of the Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate, in his office at the Oil Ministry in Baghdad. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - In the past 16 months, Abdul Mahdi al-Ameedi has put his pen to 11 contracts -- soon to be 14 -- that could revolutionize Iraq's oil sector.

But the fate of those deals will also depend on the larger history of post-2003 Iraq, which is still being written. A government has yet to coalesce, more than eight months after elections. Political negotiations over the composition of the next government are now heating up.

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