张春晓 摘译自 道琼斯
Chevron Pursues Exploration Deal in Iraq
Chevron Corp. is in talks to invest in one of Iraq's large oil fields, according to people familiar with the situation, providing a vote of confidence in the country's energy industry despite years of instability and start-and-stop foreign investment.
Chevron and the Iraqi government tentatively plan to sign a memorandum of understanding to develop one of Iraq's large oil fields in the south of the country, according to these people. The preliminary deal, if it is consummated, could be announced later this week during a planned visit to Washington by Iraq's new prime minister.
Any deal would be limited in scope -- calling for an investment on the scale of hundreds of millions of dollars once it is finalized, according to these people. That's a relatively small commitment for an oil company the size of Chevron, but it comes at a time when the entire industry has scaled back spending sharply amid a steep drop in oil prices. Oil demand has fallen dramatically amid pandemic lockdowns and economic uncertainty.
Chevron's discussions focus on carrying out exploration work in the Nassiriya field, which is estimated to hold about 4.4 billion barrels of crude, according to the people familiar with the matter. The field isn't one of the country's easiest to explore. It requires the sort of complex technologies that big, international oil firms like Chevron can provide, these people said.