Iraqi oil output seen below capacity again in 2005

Sabotage and technical problems will keep Iraqi oil production below capacity levels again this year, said a report from World Markets Research Centre, part of Global Insight Inc. (GI) of London."The scenario for 2006 and beyond is somewhat brighter, if only security can be maintained and improved in key oil-producing regions," GI analyst Catherine Hunter said in a Jan. 27 research note.But for 2005, ongoing security problems and the temporary nature of a transition government are expected to delay the awarding of any long-term, large-scale projects until the installation of a permanent government in 2006.Until then, the country's focus is likely to be limited short-term engineering, ...

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