Iraq, Oman plan cooperation in oil and gas sector

Iraq and Oman signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the oil and gas sector, including the possibility of building a shared refinery in Oman for processing imported Iraqi crude, the Iraqi oil ministry said in a statement.

Iraq will aim to export crude to Oman, according to the MoU, import oil products from there and build oil storage facilities in both countries, the statement quoted Iraqi oil minister Thamer Ghadhban as saying.

“The MoU aims at studying the possibility of building a shared oil refinery in the Sultanate of Oman to process oil crude that imported from Iraq,” Ghadban said.

The two countries will also explore prospects for cooperation and investment in oil and gas exploration and production, as well as refining, manufacturing, storage and marketing of crude oil and petroleum products.