Jiyad: Disappointment at Latest Energy Licensing Round

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Jiyad: Disappointment at Latest Energy Licensing Round

The Ministry of Oil (MoO) held the “Fifth Plus” and “Sixth” licensing rounds over three days (May 11–13), providing 29 oil and gas fields and exploration blocks.

This intervention aims to evaluate this combined round and was primarily based on information provided by Abdul Mahdy Al-Ameedi, the former director general of the MoO’s Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), official statements posted on the MoO website, daily reports from the Iraq Oil Report (IOR), my database, and other sources.

Mr. Jiyad was an Associate of the erstwhile Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London, and an independent academic and development consultant. Former positions held by him include those of director at the Ministry of Trade, chief expert for the Council of Ministers, senior economist with the Iraq National Oil Company and the Ministry of Oil in Iraq, and international specialist with UN agencies in Uganda, Sudan, and Jordan. Currently, he is located in Norway (Skype ID: Ahmed Mousa Jiyad, email: mou-jiya(at)online.no).