Iraq's oil windfall

Though some are sceptical

    "Iraq Proven Oil Reserves Rise Significantly "  declares the Wall Street Journal, echoing a number of other news sources.

    But are they "proven"?

    So far, we have only assurances from the Iraq's oil minister Hussein al-Shahristani:

    These aren't random figures, rather they were the results of deep surveys carried out by the ministry's oil reservoir company and international companies which signed contracts with Iraq.

    But a few people are voicing scepticism, probably because we have seen this kind of sudden good news before.

    Higher proven reserves should eventually mean a higher production quota from Opec (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), and theoretically more revenue. 


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