Iraqi oil reconstructionThe article “Oil reconstruction in Iraq: progress and challenges” (OGJ, Dec. 19, 2005, p. 26) was disappointing in what it didn’t say. Firstly, data appearing in the same issue of OGJ as the subject article show that Iraqi crude oil reserves are not the “world’s second largest” but are the fourth highest after Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Canada, noting that Canadian figures include some nonconventional reserves.Secondly, the authors fail to recognize that Iraqi oil production remains well below the 2003 preinvasion level of 2.6 million b/d and that it actually declined in 2005 to an estimated 1.8 million b/d from 2.0 million b/d in 2...

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