Oil Minister: Exxon Mobil employees’ withdrawal is unacceptable or justified


Economy News _ Baghdad

Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadhban said on Sunday that the withdrawal of Exxon Mobil employees was unacceptable or justified, revealing a forthcoming meeting with ExxonMobil officials this week. 
“The global oil companies are operating in the oil fields, especially in the provinces that enjoy security and stability,” Ghadhban said in a statement received by the “Economy News”. “The withdrawal of the employees of ExxonMobil is unacceptable or justified, and withdrawal may lead to the transmission of messages Wrong about the situation in Iraq, and this is never before. “

“The withdrawal of a number of employees in the company of Oksin Mobil West Qurna field temporarily or precautionary, despite their small numbers has nothing to do with the security situation in the oil fields in southern Iraq or threats, but is for political reasons, as we think attributed to the state of political tensions that Witnessed by the region, “noting that” other international companies are working freely and safely and stability in the development of oil fields, and there are no problems or justifications that require it. “

“He sent a letter to officials at Oxon Mobil asking for clarification, and he was asked to return to work under a long-term contract to develop the West Qurna field, which is one of the important fields,” he said, adding that “the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Oil are working to provide The highest levels of security, technical and social stability, and to achieve the conditions and security environment appropriate for all companies, in order to achieve common goals.

Al-Ghadhban revealed “a forthcoming meeting with ExxonMobil officials this week at their request to discuss the withdrawal of the company’s workers from the West Qurna field, as well as the integrated South project, which was initially agreed between the two sides.”

Exxon Mobil on Saturday suspended all foreign employees from the West Qurna 1 oil field in Iraq and transported them to Dubai.

The production of West Qurna / 1 field reaches 440_490 thousand barrels per day of crude oil and 150_200 million cubic feet of natural gas.


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