Approval for Shell’s Iraq gas deal imminent

12 October 2011

Oil minister says cabinet will sign off $17bn deal ‘within weeks’

Iraq’s cabinet will sign off Shell’s $17bn project to capture and process flared gas from Iraq’s southern oil fields ‘within weeks’ according to the oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaiby.

Under the deal, state-owned South Gas Company (SGC), Shell, and Mitsubishi will form the Basra Gas Company, which will purchase the associated gas from the  three giant southern oil fields - Rumaila, West Qurna 1 and Zubair – process it, and sell it back to the SGC for domestic use.

The $17bn also includes a planned $4.5bn liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, allowing Shell to explore export opportunities once domestic needs are met.

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