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Thread #97022   Message #1907249
Posted By: Teribus
12-Dec-06 - 05:53 AM
Thread Name: BS: The NEW Red Coats
Subject: RE: BS: The NEW Red Coats
In answer to one of your questions Amos:

"As for "oil wars". anyone know what happened to Elf Aquitaine's pre-invasion contracts with the Hussein government for oil delivery? Possibly canceled?"

All contracts previously negotiated with the Hussein/Ba'athist Government were honoured and remain in place. The horse trading that was done to effect this was that Russia and the others who sold Saddam Hussein & Co weapons in exchange for oil had to swallow the outstanding debt so that the newly elected government of Iraq was not overburdened with repayments.

The following details the companies and nationalities of those involved in operating oilfields in Iraq:

West Qurna Phase 2 (Lukoil - Russian); Majnoon (Total - French); Nahr Umar (Total - French); Bin Umar (Zarubezhneft - Russian); Nasiriya (Eni - Italian, Repsol - Spanish); Halfaya (BHP - Australian, South Korean consortium, CNPC - Chinese, Agip - Italian); Ratawi (Shell - Netherlands); Tuba (ONGC - Indian, Sonatrach - BVI); Suba-Luhais (Slavneft - Russian); Gharaf (TPAO - Turkey, Japex - Japan); Al-Ahdab (CNPC - Chinese); Amara (PetroVietnam); Western Desert (ONGC - Indian, Pertamina - Indonesia, Stroitransgaz - Russian, Tatneft - Russian); Tawke 1 (DNO ASA - Norwegian).

To anyone reading that list, and to Amos in particular, you will note that Elf Aquitaine's name does not appear. This is due to the fact that TotalFina acquired Elf Aquitaine in a take-over in 2000, the name of the new company becoming TotalFinaElf, this name however was dropped in 2003 and the Company reverted to being known simply as Total.