The gas producing countries offering in principle to supply Nabucco are Azerbaijan (from the offshore Shah Deniz gas field), which has offered to provide up to 5 BCM/year in the first phase; Egypt (from a pipeline already built via Jordan and Syria, with an extension from Syria to Turkey to be ready later in 2010, offering up to 3 BCM/year; Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), offering 3.5 BCM/year - or a combination of the KRG and the central government of Iraq both offering to provide a combined 7 BCM/year, with Baghdad to provide 3.5 BCM/year from the Akkas
gasfield which lies in Anbar Province near the Syrian border.
is also close to existing Syrian gas facilities.
Of the 35 companies short-listed for access to the Akkas
field, 11 are from the EU.
"Everything is ready, and we are waiting for the exact date to be set for the initial agreement for the development of Akkas
field," Abdul Mahdi Al Ameedi said in a telephone interview yesterday.
20 to develop the western Akkas
gas field, near the Syrian border, in Iraq's third energy auction since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
"Serious security measures have been taken by the security forces in Baghdad Street, leading to the office of Falluja's Qaim-Maqam (ruler), where citizens have gathered to express their support for the Province's Council decision to reject the investment of Akkas
Two of the gas fields to be tendered -- the 2.1 trillion cubic feet Akkas
field, and Mansuriyah with estimated reserves of 3.3 trillion cubic feet of gas -- were unsuccessfully put on the auction block last year.
The aim is to develop the Akkas
field in Anbar province, which the oil ministry puts at 5.6 trillion-cubic feet, as well as the 4.5 trillion-cubic-feet Mansouriya field in Diyala province and the 1.13 trillion-cubic-feet Siba in Basra.
Al Meinaa Oil Services has collated information on numerous fields around Iraq, including the Ajeel, West Qurnah, Mansouria, Akkas
and Bani Hassan fields.
'The Iraqi oil ministry is preparing the requirements to fulfil the project of transporting gas from the Akkas
field to Syria,' ministry spokesman Asim Jihad quoted Al Shahristani as saying.
The Iraqi gas will come from Akkas
, a non-associated gas field in the western province of Anbar which is to be developed with Shell being among IOCs most keen to be involved in this.
In parallel, Iraq is having a foreign-Iraqi JV develop the Akkas
gas field in the country's huge Sunni Arab province of Anbar, which is about 30 km from the Syrian border.
of Turkey won bronze medal in 3,000 meters in the European Athletics Indoor Championship in Paris.
Summary: BAGHDAD - Iraq's oil ministry will sign an initial deal with South Korea's KOGAS and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGas for the western Akkas
gas field on Thursday, an oil ministry official said on Monday.