No 10


Post Saddam Oil Policy

By Thamir al-'Uqaili

Thamir al-'Uqaili is head of a private consultancy, Petroconsult Canada, and was formerly a senior official in Iraq National Oil Company (INOC) and the Ministry of Oil (1975-92)

Background Of The Upstream Oil Sector

The first well drilled in Iraq was Chia Surkh-1 in 1901, followed by Naft Khana-1 in 1923, and then Kirkuk-1 in 1927. After the British invaded Iraq in 1917, control of the upstream sector...