Baghdad has sent extra troops to the Akkas
area, specifically to protect operations.
strike was the second large attack on Monday.
was one of three fields offered in an October licensing round.
Baghdad wants most of the Akkas
output to be exported to the Nabucco JV via Syria and Turkey.
66 billion in the Akkas
project over a 20-year period, said a company official, who declined to be named.
Iraq's oil ministry will sign an initial deal for the Akkas
gas field with South Korea's Kogas and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGas, an oil ministry official has said.
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Shahristani also said he expected an initial contract for Iraq's western Akkas
gas field to be initialled soon, as the firms involved had been invited to Baghdad to initial the contract.
In Iraq's third energy auction since the 2003 US invasion, South Korea's Kogas and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production won a joint bid for Akkas
, a field tucked away in the Sunni heartland of western Iraq.
Earlier, a consortium grouping South Korea KoGas and Kazakhstan 's KazMunuaiGaz, won the right to develop the giant gas field of Akkas
in Iraq's western province of Anbar.
The three fields up for grabs are Akkas
field in the western desert, Iraq's Sunni heartland and once an al Qaeda stronghold, Mansuriyah near the Iranian border in volatile Diyala province, and Siba in the relatively peaceful southern oil hub of Basra.
5 BCM/year from the Akkas
gasfield which lies in Anbar Province near the Syrian border.
Earlier this year the ministry said it would follow two oil auctions held last year with a gas idding round, offering three non-associated gas fields Akkas
in the western Anbar province, Mansuriyah in the northern province of Diyala and Siba in the southern province of Basra for evelopment by foreign oil and gas companies.
The countries have discussed construction of a gas pipeline from Iraq's western Akkas
fields to Syria.
Syria began receiving gas from Egypt this year through a pipe that crosses Jordan and plans to import gas from Iraq's Akkas
field, which is close to the border, by 2010.