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CNPC Consortium Seals Deal To Develop Field

AN Iraqi oil official says a preliminary deal has been inked with a consortium led by China's CNPC to develop a promising oil field in southern Iraq.

Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad says CNPC and partners Malaysia's Petronas and France's Total initialed the deal yesterday during a signing ceremony in Baghdad.

The deal calls for the consortium to develop the 4.1 billion barrel Halfaya field for US$1.40 per barrel produced. Jihad says the consortium plans to raise production from the current 3,100 barrels per day to 535,000 barrels per day over 13 years.

The 20-year deal still needs the nod from Iraq's Cabinet.

The new deal raises CNPC's presence in Iraq. It already has two other deals to develop oil fields in Iraq.


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