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Luaibi ... issuing the directive

Luaibi ... issuing the directive

Iraq to ask foreign oil firms to build housing, provide services for employees



Iraq will ask foreign oil companies operating in the country to build housing for Iraqis employed on their projects, the oil ministry in Baghdad said in a statement.
Oil Minister Jabar Al Luaibi "issued a general notice which commits contracted companies to build modern housing compounds and provide essential services to employees," the statement said.
ExxonMobil, Lukoil, Gazprom, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, BP, PetroChina and Petronas are among the companies operating in Iraq, and the latest decision could significantly increase their costs.
Iraq is the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries' second-largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia, with an output of 4.4 million barrels of crude per day. -- Reuters