Dr Mansurbeg: “His­tory will ap­plaud Nechir­van Barzani for in­vest­ing in oil.”

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Dr Howri Aziz Mansurbeg, uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor and spe­cial­ist in en­ergy, oil and gas in­vest­ment said, in an in­ter­view with ‘The Kur­dish Globe’, that his­tory will praise the role of Nechir­van Barzani and all those who con­trib­ute to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s oil pol­icy. He be­lieves that oil is a strate­gic and sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct on which the economies of the pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial coun­tries in Europe and the US de­pend, and that the lion's share of en­ergy re­sources are pro­vided by oil and nat­u­ral gas.

“A typ­i­cal ex­am­ple is Iran and Rus­sia” says Mansurbeg, re­gard­ing the changes, wars and new dis­agree­ments in the Mid­dle East and the fu­ture of oil. “The US and Saudi Ara­bia are now putting pres­sure on Iran and Rus­sia to achieve po­lit­i­cal aims. On the other hand, Rus­sia is threat­en­ing Europe by cut­ting the sup­plies of nat­u­ral gas, to force them to with­draw their sup­port for Ukraine. The dream of Pres­i­dent Putin to mod­ern­ize the Rus­sian army and ac­quire more mod­ern weapons, which needs bil­lions of dol­lars, is hard to re­al­ize.” Dr Mansurbeg be­lieves that by cut­ting the oil prices, the US is try­ing to thwart the po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary am­bi­tions of Rus­sia; Saudi Ara­bia also wants to put pres­sure on Iran be­cause Iran poses a se­ri­ous threat to it by sup­port­ing the Houthis in Ye­men.

Dr Mansurbeg has histori- cal facts to sup­port his opin­ion; he says the rea­son that Pres­i­dent Nixon was ready to arm the Ira­nian Shah in the sev­en­ties was to en­able ac­cess to Ira­nian oil. Iran, on its side, de­sired to dom­i­nate the Mid­dle East and get more power lever­age against the Soviet Union. The Ira­nian Shah, un­like the Arab coun­tries, was not an en­emy of Is­rael, and was not us­ing oil as a weapon against the US and the West. But in the end, Shah’s in­sis­tence on rais­ing oil prices was a fac­tor be­hind los­ing its pow­er­ful po­si­tion when the US turned its back on him.

Dr. Hawre Mansurbeg says that he is sure that since the Kur­dish Re­gion has in­tro­duced it­self as an oil pro­ducer and has at­tracted ma­jor com­pa­nies such as Exxon Mo­bil and To­tal, it has moved into the po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions and in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the su­per pow­ers. He con­tin­ued to talk about the ob­sta­cles, say­ing “Deal­ing with Kur­dis­tan oil is not prob­lem-free, and the oil in­dus­try in Kur­dis­tan has many enemies, above all Iraq and Iran. Iraq al­ways lob­bies through­out the world against this Kur­dish in­dus­try.” Dr Mansurbeg called on Kurds to carry on and be uni­fied in de­fend­ing this vi­tal na­tional in­dus­try. “The world com­pa­nies and coun­tries are not deal­ing with the oil and gas fields only, but with the whole po­lit­i­cal process, se­cu­rity and eco­nom­i­cal sta­bil­ity,” he ar­gues.

Re­gard­ing the role of Nechir­van Barzani, he says that the pol­icy should not be in­ter­preted as an in­di­vid­ual one. “Nechir­van Barzani per­forms his duty ef­fi­ciently and as a well-qual­i­fied Prime Min­is­ter along with his deputy; the whole cabi­net is in agree­ment about the meth­ods of deal­ing with the gov­ern­ment, although some­times some groups in the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, through the me­dia, stand against the Re­gion’s oil pol­icy.” Dr Mansurbeg says “Sug­ges­tions and points should be dis­cussed in­side the cabi­net, and Kurds should reach a uni­fied dis­course. Crit­i­cism should not ex­press in­di­vid­ual ideas and dif­fer­ent opin­ions of wings in­side the po­lit­i­cal par­ties.”

He con­tin­ues to talk about the oil pro­duc­tion process; he says that Kur­dis­tan is now pro­duc­ing oil in three main fields which are Tawke in Zakho, Khor­mala and Taqtaq near Koya. He says that a num­ber of im­por­tant fields have been found in Sheikhan, around Er­bil, Akre and Garmiyan and works are on­go­ing to pro­duce more oil. He thinks that th­ese new fields will con­trib­ute to the gen­eral pro­duc­tion in near fu­ture, and “the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will eas­ily be able to ex­port 1 mil­lion bpd to the world mar­ket and the rev­enue will be higher than the money amount al­lo­cated by Bagh­dad.”

This spe­cial­ist in oil and gas crit­i­cized some po­lit­i­cal par­ties and politi­cians in Kur­dis­tan. He said that they haven’t yet been able to di­gest the mat­ter as the legal right of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. “In the field of oil and gas, a par­tic­u­lar spe­cial­ist ex­pe­ri­ence is needed. The po­lit­i­cal par­ties don’t seem to have to­tally fig­ured this out.” He also says, men­tion­ing ar­ti­cles he’s read about oil and gas pol­icy writ­ten by MPs, “The qual­ity of such ar­ti­cles and lev­els of crit­i­cism are much lower than the pro­fes­sional writ­ing in the world. Many of the cri­tiques are so sim­ple and su­per­fi­cial that they can­not be thought of as ob­jec­tive pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” he con­cluded.

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