Iraq's oil ministry, struggling with sputtering output, has blamed Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell over $4.6 billion in lost revenue due to production delays, in a letter seen by AFP Monday.
In this file photo, metal pipes are seen as the land is cleared from ordnance and mines laid down during the Iraq-Iran war 1980-1988, in the massive Majnoon oil field, some 40 km from the eastern border with Iran, on February 7, 2012. A consortium of Shell and Malaysia's Petronas signed a contract with Baghdad in January 2010 to develop Majnoon, a giant oil field in southern Iraq.
The document, dated July 21, 2013, sharply criticises the foreign energy firm for shortfalls in oil extraction at the giant Majnoon field in south Iraq, and comes as oil exports have fallen to their lowest level in 16 months even as Baghdad has looked to cement its role as a key global energy producer.
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