The non-binding directive against the Iraqi Kurdish oil firm KAR Group further weakens the prospect of renewed Baghdad-Erbil oil cooperation.
Among the companies pre-qualified for new fields and blocks are at least eight with activities in Kurdistan's oil sector.
Iraq to sign with Orion Gas Processors to halt flaring and monetize associated gas at state-run field.
Iraq's state drilling company builds its credentials as it competes with international service companies for international oil company contracts in Iraq.
Iraq's largest refinery, and the industry in south Iraq generally, is making steady progress for necessary growth.
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