Translated from Dutch news agency ANP today:
The formal signing follows the approval by the Iraqi government earlier this month. Shell got the contract in early December at an auction of contracts to operate seven oilfields.
Shell gets a 45 percent interest in the project. Malaysian Petronas gets 30 percent, the Iraqi government gets the remaining 25 percent. The consortium of the three parties wants to reach a daily production of 1.8 million barrels of oil. The Majnoon oil field, according to Shell, is one of the largest fields in the world.
Recently, the Davids commission in the Netherlands published its report. If one searches the complete report, in Dutch, for the world “Shell“, then one does not find it. The same goes if one searchs for the text strings “bedrijfs” (corporate), or “economi” (-cal, etc). “Olie” (oil) is only named in the context of the pre 2003 Bush attack “oil for food” program.
The Davids commission concluded, inter alia, that the Iraq war is against international law, and that the Dutch government had not told the truth to parliament. However, the commission did not get into the economic background of this horrible war.
Shell has announced that it will axe another 1,000 jobs this year despite raking in over £6 billion in profits: here.
EU boosts energy ties with Iraq: here.
Britain: Straw privately warned Blair that Iraq invasion was legally dubious: here.
A survey has revealed that almost a quarter of voters believe Tony Blair deliberately misled MPs over the Iraq war. One in four voters of the YouGov survey published on Sunday for The Sunday Times also agreed that the former prime minister should face war crime charges: here.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has called for Labour’s former spin chief Alastair Campbell to face a fresh grilling by the Iraq inquiry after he issued a “clarification” of his previous evidence: here.
Campbell has second thoughts about his evidence: here.
Obama and Iraq: here.
The entry of oil companies into the realm of renewable energy could present major obstacles for the development of a sustainable economy that is not based on carbon resources, according to a report in the International Journal of Green Economics: here.
The Mexican government on February 4  repudiated all concessions to the Eagle Oil Company [Shell], a British firm, on the grounds that they were illegal and against national interests: here.
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