By The Financial District
Iraq, TotalEnergies Close To Sealing $27-B Deal
Talks between French oil major TotalEnergies and Iraq to resolve sticking points in a long-delayed $27 billion energy deal "have reached advanced stages", Iraqi oil minister Hayan Abdel-Ghani said3, Moayed Kenany reported for Reuters.
Photo Insert: The proposed deal was signed in 2021 for TotalEnergies to build four oil, gas, and renewables projects with an initial investment of $10 billion in southern Iraq over 25 years.
"We will activate the deal very soon," Abdel-Ghani said at an energy event. The proposed deal, which Baghdad hopes will revive foreign investment in the country, was signed in 2021 for TotalEnergies to build four oil, gas, and renewables projects with an initial investment of $10 billion in southern Iraq over 25 years.
However, disputes between Iraqi politicians over the terms of the deal rose. Iraq's demand for a 40% share in the project is a key sticking point while TotalEnergies wants a majority stake, sources told Reuters.
Asked if the issue of Iraq's share in the project was resolved, Abdel-Ghani said: "It's not the time to discuss the shares and we will announce them when an agreement is reached."
Abdel-Ghani also said that Iraq is committed to maintaining its 220,000 barrel per day (bpd) oil output cut in line with its quota under the latest OPEC+ agreement.
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