The Iraqi Oil Ministry has signed an accord with Royal Dutch Shell for a
project to capture natural gas flared in crude oil fields in the south.
Under the deal, valued at $12 billion, Iraq could end up becoming a net
exporter of liquid petroleum gas.
"Execution of the deal will open the competition door for Iraq to export
to the international market," Iraq's state-owned South Gas Co.
director Ali Al Khudhier said.
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Shell chairman Hans Nijkamp said the project could allow Iraq to export
gas within a year of execution. Iraq has been producing 1.5 billion cubic
feet of gas per day, half of which was flared in absence of an
infrastructure to capture the energy.
Baghdad has set a goal to produce 2.5
billion cubic feet per day.