Other potential suppliers proposed are: Iran, offering to provide between 20-30 BCM/year in a pipeline to run through Anbar on to Syria and from there to Turkey (this means linking up with Akkas
whose gas is proposed to be piped to Syria, instead of to Kurdistan, so that the KRG will separately pump its gas to Nabucco in Turkey); and Qatar, offering between 20-30 BCM/year with its gas to run through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey - according to preliminary 2009 agreements between Qatari Emir Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoghan.
and Mansuriyah gas fields were offered in the June 30, 2009 auction, along with six oil fields but only Akkas
, located near the Syrian border in a province that used to be the base for al-Qaida, received a bid.
According to the ministry, Akkas
, which lies 40km from the Syrian border, is believed to contain up to seven trillion cubic feet of gas, which accounts for six per cent of Iraq's estimated total of 112 trillion cubic feet.
to the Arab Gas Pipeline, which runs from Egypt to Syria via Jordan and will reach Turkey in 2009, would enable Baghdad to supply gas to Nabucco, which is due to come on line in 2013.
One option was to increase the capacity of the AGP and build a gas pipeline from the Akkas
The MoO gave Akkas
' development in November 2010 to a JV of KMG EP and KoGas.
Iraq originally planned to sign the Akkas
agreement November 14 but it was stalled on concerns by the local authorities in Anbar province who feared gas from Akkas
would be exported without benefiting nearby communities.
BAGHDAD: Iraq plans to sign an agreement this month to develop the Akkas
natural gas field, the biggest of three gas deposits for which it awarded licences last year, the head of the Oil Ministry's licensing department said.
Iraq expects to sign an initial contract for the Akkas
gas field within days, a senior Iraqi oil official said on Wednesday, after a delay due to a row between the oil ministry and local authorities over exports.
ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: A security source in west Iraq's Anbar Province has stated on Wednesday that severe security measures have been taken in the province's largest city of Falluja, to protect a demonstration expected to be launched later in the day, expressing support for the Province's Council rejecting the investment of Akkas
Gas Field by the Iraqi government.
Baghdad had said it will invite all 45 international companies which were prequalified in the two oil auctions last year to bid for Akkas
field in the western desert, Siba in the southern hub of Basra and Mansuriyah in eastern Iraq.