Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi speaks during an interview with AFP at his office in Baghdad on February 11, 2018. / AFP / SABAH ARAR
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Iraq has asked British energy giant BP to draft a study on boosting production in the oil fields of northern Kirkuk province, Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi said Sunday.Baba Gurgur, discovered in 1927, is Iraq's oldest oil field.A sixth oil field, Khurmala, remains in Kurdish hands, but Luaybi insisted it belongs to Iraq's state-owned North Oil Company.Luaybi said the Iraqi oil ministry had launched a $37 million programme in 2004 to develop Khurmala.Iraq in 2017 earned around $6.5 billion (5.3 billion euros) from crude sales, at $59.3 per barrel.
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