Drilling official outlines problems of Iraqi oil industry

Sabotage, mismanagement, and administrative corruption are the main problems preventing Iraq from stepping up its oil production, according to a senior Iraqi official.Muhammad al-Abudi, director-general of drilling for the Iraqi Oil Ministry, said the country's oil crisis is very real but not insoluble. His remarks came in an interview with al-Bayyinah, a weekly newspaper of the Hizballah Movement in Iraq, an offspring of the Shiite Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq.Asked how long it would take to make visible improvements in Iraq's oil industry and general economy, Al-Abudi gave a downbeat assessment. "I think it will take a very long time, which can be divided into ...

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