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Baghdad today - Kurdistan
Today, Saturday (August 19, 2023), the advisor for energy affairs in the Media Office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bahgat Ahmed, revealed that the Federal Ministry of Oil had concluded a contract for the licensing round with foreign companies, including the UAE Energy Company.
Ahmed said in an interview with "Baghdad Today" that "according to this contract, the Emirati company will invest in a field in Diyala Governorate, and within the disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil."
He added, "The Iraqi government concluded the contract without referring to the Kurdistan Regional Government, and this issue is due to the old laws."
He pointed out that "these laws centrally manage the oil file, and this means the continuation of problems with the region, due to the failure to pass the oil and gas law."
And he indicated that "the Iraqi constitution obliged the federal government to take the region's opinion regarding oil and gas investment in the disputed areas, but Baghdad did not abide by this constitutional article."
Since 2014, energy and industry policy in Iraq has been divided between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and despite the ambiguity surrounding the Iraqi constitution, the latter calls for sharing responsibility between these two governments regarding the oil and gas sector.
However, the Federal Council of Representatives has not yet passed an oil and gas law that defines those rights and responsibilities.
Observers believe that each side created facts based on its interpretation of the constitution, and thus it ended up with two sets of energy policies, contract models, international oil companies and buyers.