Iran’s oil ministry has certified 29 international companies to bid for oil and gas projects in the country under its new format of oil contracts.
According to the report by the oil ministry’s news website Shana, 29 companies, including Shell, France’s Total, Italy’s Eni, Malaysia’s Petronas and Russia’s Gazprom and Lukoil, as well as companies from China, Austria, Japan and other countries, will be allowed to invest in the Islamic Republic’s oil and gas projects under the Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) model.
Major absentees were Britain’s BP as well as Norway’s Statoil.
Back in August, President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet approved an amended draft of the new model for oil and gas contracts. On September 17, Iran’s parliament gave the go-ahead to the government to put its new model into effect.
The new amendments were endorsed after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed that no new oil and gas contracts for international companies would be awarded without necessary reforms.
The new oil and investment contract for international firms, known as the Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC), will replace Iran’s buyback oil deals.
Iran worked on the oil contract model for two years.
The full list of approved companies is:
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) (China)
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) (China)
Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) (Japan)
Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) (South Korea)
ONGC Videsh (India)
Perenco Holding (UK, France)
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) (Malaysia)
Polish Oil and Gas Company (POGC, PGNiG) (Poland)
Plus Petrol (Argentina?)
POSCO DAEWOO (South Korea)
PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) (Thailand)
Schlumberger (United States)
Shell (UK, Netherlands)
Sinopec International (SIPC) (China)
(Sources: Shana; Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)