Iraq says more 'superfields' up for grabs

BAGHDAD, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The preliminary deals signed by Angola's state oil company, Sonangol, Wednesday to develop two small fields in the most dangerous part of Iraq constituted a major breakthrough for Baghdad's high-risk drive to attract international oil companies to help it restore its flagging fortunes and transform the global energy market.

Foreign companies get Iraq oil contracts

BAGHDAD, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said Saturday international oil companies received seven oil field contracts out of a possible 10.

Iraqi oil minister under fire in Basra

BASRA, Iraq, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Political debate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra is focused not on parliamentary elections, but on the tenure of Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani.

New Iraq contracts put companies in charge

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Iraq aims to bring international oil investors to another round of bidding by giving companies their first chance to operate national oil fields.

Iraq oil revenue reaches post-war high

BAGHDAD, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Iraq reached a post-invasion record in terms of oil revenue and exports for the month of July, a spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry said.

Iraq unveils new unit at Najaf refinery

NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Iraq inaugurated an additional unit at its crude refinery in Najaf that should produce oil at a rate of 30,000 barrels per day, officials say.

Iraq's Shahristani in uphill battle

BAGHDAD, July 10 (UPI) -- Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani faces an uphill battle to continue his tenure amid a tense political climate and a beleaguered contract auction.

Iraqi oil minster faces lawmakers

BAGHDAD, June 23 (UPI) -- The oil minister in Iraq faced tough questions before lawmakers Tuesday over the first round of oil field auctions since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Iraqi oil exports reach 2003 levels

BAGHDAD, June 11 (UPI) -- Crude oil exports from Iraq reached 2.4 million barrels per day, their highest level since after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the Iraqi oil minister said.

Kirkuk oil production rises

KIRKUK, Iraq, June 10 (UPI) -- Oil production for northern Iraqi oil fields rose by 90,000 barrels per day as the Iraqi Oil Ministry faces questions over slow development.

Shahristani set to face Baghdad's concerns

BAGHDAD, June 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said he welcomes the opportunity to address lawmakers' questions regarding the Iraqi energy sector during his tenure.

Kurdish oil may degrade export quality

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- Crude oil from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk could be degraded if Kurdish oil exports reach 100,000 barrels per day, officials said.

Oil pipeline to link Iran and Iraq

TEHRAN, April 23 (UPI) -- Iraqi oil officials met with their counterparts in Tehran to discuss plans for an oil pipeline from the Iraqi city of Basra to across the border to Abadan.

Shahristani blasts KRG oil contracts

PARIS, March 30 (UPI) -- Oil export contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq are in direct violation of the Iraqi Constitution, the oil minister said.

Iraq opens new oil fields to bids

TEHRAN, Iraq, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Iraq said it would open a new round of licensing bids for companies to develop untapped oil fields that could produce up to 2.5 million barrels per day.
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Hussain al-Shahristani
Iraq's Parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani (C) is seen sitting between Deputy Speakers Aref Taifour (R) and Hussain al-Shahristani (L) April 17, 2005 duringÊ the assembly session in the heavily fortified Green Zone area in Baghdad, Iraq. (UPI Photo/Wathiq Khuzaie/Pool)

Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani is the current Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy.

Born in 1942 in Karbala, Iraq, Shahristani received his BSc in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 1965, and an MSc from the University of Toronto in 1967, from where he also received a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1970. From 2006 to 2010, he was Iraq's Minister of Oil, and he served as Acting Minister of Electricity in 2010. He was a former nuclear scientist who was imprisoned in Abu Ghraib in 1980 and subjected to torture.

The reasons for his imprisonment have remained unclear. Some former Shiite leaders have stated that he used his powerful government position to make and distribute pamphlets urging Iraq's Shiite soldiers to abandon the army and fight against their fellow soldiers and officers. While other Government Defectors, including Khidir Hamza his supposed successor, have claimed that he was imprisoned for his lack of skill in handling the Nuclear program, constant problems with the IAEA, and his purposed delays in the program in order to prevent the country from constructing Nuclear Weapons (costing the Government Billions of dollars that could have been used toward the Iran-Iraq War) and was imprisoned personally by Saddam Hussein himself. "While imprisoned and tortured at Abu Ghraib prison for 11 years under Saddam Hussein for 'religious activities,' he refused to help build a nuclear weapon for the country."

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