SOMO responds to accusations that it "affected" regarding oil smuggling
The company said in a statement received by Shafaq News agency; The Oil Marketing Company is legally responsible for exporting Iraqi crude oil, and this process takes place under solid contracts with major international companies, and the exported quantities are loaded into tankers through official ports.
She added; That "the quantities exported, pumped to ports, and received by foreign companies are matched by all concerned authorities and under the supervision of a specialized international company (a third examiner) with high transparency. Detailed information on this subject is published in the reports issued by the Transparency Initiative for Strategic Industries in Iraq, which can be viewed from before everyone else."
And it indicated that "the port of Khor Al-Zubayr is a port dedicated to goods and the export and import of petroleum products, and it is not equipped with any equipment or pipelines for exporting crude oil."
She pointed out that "all the tankers mentioned in the misleading report are tankers officially contracted to transport the black oil to the floating reservoir in Khor Abdullah and with successive periods to be exported from there under official contracts with solid international companies, and the quantities loaded on them are subject to conformity with high transparency by the concerned authorities." .
It held the Oil Marketing Company responsible for misleading public opinion, and it reserves the legal right to sue them for that.
Earlier today, Thursday, a member of the Iraqi Parliament, Uday Awad, called on the National Security Agency to open an investigation with the former Oil Minister, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, on charges of covering up figures accused of the oil smuggling case.
Awwad said in a letter he sent to the head of the Iraqi National Security Agency today, “By following up the oil smuggling operations in Basra, we found that an investigation was not opened into the source of crude oil, as we found a cover-up on some personalities in the Basra Oil Company, as well as the Lines and Pipelines Company, and with the help of the former minister ( Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar), who did not take any action to stop this bleeding and waste of public money.
At the beginning of this month, the National Security Agency announced the details of the overthrow of a large network for theft and smuggling of crude oil in the southernmost province of Basra, and while it indicated that among the members of the network were senior officers and merchants, it explained that the smuggled quantities are estimated at 75 million liters per month.
Earlier, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani announced the dismantling of the largest oil smuggling network in Basra.
Al-Sudani said in a tweet to him, "We directed the tracking of oil smuggling networks and the implementation of arrest warrants against the gangs that dared and invaded to steal the rights of Iraqis, and with God's help, the detachments of the National Security Agency, in cooperation with other agencies, managed to dismantle the largest oil smuggling network in Basra."
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