Iraq’s Oil Minister Thamir al-Ghadhban tells MEES that he is considering a proposal from a consortium to develop a petrochemicals plant utilizing ethane feedstock from the Ar-Ratawi field (see p7). “Our associated gas in the south is rich in ethane. We are in discussions and we don’t want to waste much time” says the minister. Iraq has long eyed utilizing its ethane output to develop a petrochemicals sector, but the $19bn Nebras petrochemicals project that Shell...