Balance needed in operating agreements

Owing to delivery delays, I am rarely able to make timely comments on OGJ articles. I am a Nigerian upstream consultant whose geological/engineering education and 25-year, preconsulting work experiences were with American institutions and organizations. For someone who had to pay (monetarily in school and, to euphemize, culturally at work) for acquired knowledge, the article by J. B. McArthur, et al., (OGJ, Oct. 23, 2000, p. 74) on Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs) vis-a-vis Joint International Operating Agreements (JIOAs) appears unjustifiable and inadvertently demeaning.The main thrust of the article (that the American, operator-favoring JOA "so widely used in their domestic projects do...

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