Oil production at the Majnoon oil field in southern Iraq has reached the pre-war level of 50,000 barrels a day (b/d), announced a spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry on 11 November. 'Our technical and engineering staff at the Southern Oil Company was able to repair the damage inflicted to Majnoon oil field and it has resumed production,' said the head of the ministry's information office, Assem Jihad. He added that the field would be able to produce 100,000 b/d in the near future as engineers continue to repair more wells in the field. The Majnoon field has been the victim of numerous sabotage attempts since the start of the US-led invasion.
Former chief executive of the Iraqi Oil Ministry, Thamir al-Ghadban, said on 11 November that Iraq is planning to set up a new state oil company to run its oil sector. Al-Ghadban, who was recently appointed as adviser to Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum, said this was because 'the sector was more efficient when the Iraq National Oil Company ran it'. The state-owned oil company ran oil production in the country between 1964-1987, until the then president, Saddam Hussein, replaced it with specialised agencies under the control of the Oil Ministry (MEED 7:11:03).