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Dispute over Iraqi Kurdistan's energy resources ramps up

The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has announced plans to establish a new oil company for the Kurdistan Region.
Barham Salih, prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Government, speaks during a conference of Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas forum, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, Nov. 13, 2011.

BAGHDAD — Amid the tense relations between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over the implementation of the Federal Supreme Court’s ruling that deemed the 2007 oil and gas law governing the country's Kurdistan Region to be unconstitutional, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil announced May 21 that the federal government aims to establish a new oil company in the Kurdistan Region. The company is tasked with signing new service contracts with oil firms operating in the Kurdistan Region, it said.

The announcement came after the Iraqi Ministry of Oil confirmed that it had embarked on a series of steps to implement the court ruling and to include the management of oil and gas in the exclusive powers given the federal government.

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