Iraq’s oil ministry has postponed, for a second time, the bid deadline for the estimated $9bn integrated Nasiriya oil field and refinery project, a possible indication of the lukewarm response from some of the qualified companies.

Bidding for the Nasiriya project, for which 13 companies qualified, was originally set for 19 December and later pushed back to 23 January. ‘Abd al-Mahdi al-‘Ameedi, head of the ministry’s Contracts and Licensing Directorate told MEES at...