(OilPrice) Baghdad has been angry with certain international oil companies, namely ExxonMobil, Total, and Chevron, for their dealings with Kurdistan. The oil companies have signed oil deals in the northern region which the main Iraqi government states are illegal.
Exxon are already working in Iraq where they are developing the huge West Qurna-1 oil field, but now, as punishment for their ventures in the north it is rumoured that Baghdad is looking to replace them with Russian companies.
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The weekly energy newsletter, Nefte Compass, has reported that plans are in motion to replace Exxon with LUKOIL and Gazprom Neft, both of whom are already working in Iraq on the West Querna-2 site.