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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 12:38 PM
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Shell agrees landmark 4.0 bln-dlr gas deal with Iraq
Source: AFP

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Royal Dutch Shell will form a gas venture with energy-rich Iraq worth up to four billion dollars, the oil ministry said Tuesday of the first Western oil major to do a deal with the central government since the 2003 invasion.

The venture to capture unwanted gas burned off during oil production, for domestic consumption and export, is expected to be signed in Baghdad next month, ministry spokesman Assem Jihad told AFP.

The deal with the Anglo-Dutch company is estimated to be worth between three billion and four billion dollars (2.13 billion-2.84 billion euros), the Financial Times newspaper said.

In the past two years, several other energy majors have signed contracts with Iraq's northern Kurdish administration, much to the annoyance of Baghdad.

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"Europe is looking for supplies of gas from Iraq," Jihad told the paper. "Security used to be a deterrent, but now companies feel that security has improved and this will encourage others to come in."

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080909/ts_afp/britainiraq...
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Johnny Potpie Donating Member (105 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 02:32 PM
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1. This is what it was all about.
Anybody surprised????? Meanwhile, we need access to quality healthcare, and access to education. All these fuckers care about is money grubbing. Pigs!
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LiberalLovinLug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 02:59 PM
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2. The worst
Of course the puppet regime signs with the worst of the worst oil companies. They were the very last to pull out of South Africa under apartheid. They kept the tanks and the rest of the apartheid machinery going against the rebellion for years after all others had been shamed away. That is when I began my boycott of Shell and I have not stopped. They are active still in many parts of Africa making shady deals and kickbacks with dictators to drill and displace many aboriginal people.
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