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| 18 October, 2017

Iraqi oil minister asks BP to develop Kirkuk oilfields, oil ministry says

A worker walks on an oil pipeline at Khurmala oilfield on the outskirts of the city of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region December 4, 2013.

A worker walks on an oil pipeline at Khurmala oilfield on the outskirts of the city of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region December 4, 2013.

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Kirkuk is estimated to have around 9 billion barrels of recoverable oil remaining, according to BP.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has asked BP ''to quickly make plans to develop the Kirkuk oifields,'' an oil ministry statement said on Wednesday.

Iraqi government forces on Monday took control of the oil-rich region of Kirkuk from Kurdish peshmerga fighters who had occupied the area in 2-14, in the course of the war on Islamic State.

BP says on its website it has provided technical assistance in the past to the Iraqi state-owned North Oil Company to aid the redevelopment of the Kirkuk field.

Kirkuk is estimated to have around 9 billion barrels of recoverable oil remaining, according to BP.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli. Editing by Jane Merriman) ((maher.chmaytelli@thomsonreuters.com; +9647901917030;))