Talks between Baghdad and a potential Total/PetroChina JV have revived the prospect of progress on the long-delayed integrated Nasiriya oilfield/refinery project.

Iraqi Minister of Oil Jabbar al-Luaibi has held talks with France’s Total and Chinese state firm PetroChina (the listed arm of Chinese state CNPC) over potential investment in a project to build a refinery at Nasiriya, 370km southeast of Baghdad.

The Nasiriya refinery project is bundled with the further development of an...