Q&A: Uday Awad, Member of Parliament’s Oil and Fuel Committee | Jobi Cool

Uday Awad, a member of parliament from Basra who sits on the oil and gasoline committee. (Picture Credit score: Uday Awad’s Workplace)

BAGHDAD – Passing an oil and gasoline regulation is the highest precedence for the Iraqi parliament’s oil and gasoline committee, however a six-month timeline introduced by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani is “very bold,” based on Basrawi MP Uday Awad.

For the reason that ratification of the Iraqi structure in 2005, the parliament has did not move an oil and gasoline regulation that might outline the contours of income sharing and administration of the nation’s power assets between the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Authorities (KRG) and the federal authorities.

Within the absence of a mutually agreed authorized framework, the KRG has constructed an unbiased oil sector based mostly by itself interpretation of Iraq’s structure. Baghdad has rejected the authorized foundation for Kurdistan’s oil sector, inflicting greater than a decade of political controversy that flared up in February 2022 when Iraq’s Federal Supreme Courtroom (FSC) issued a ruling supporting the federal authorities’s place.

Sudani promised to succeed in an settlement with the KRG and move an oil regulation inside six months of accession in November 2022 – however to date previous variations don’t seem to have been resolved.

Awad is a member of the political wing of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, which is a part of the parliament’s Fatah coalition. He has achieved enduring reputation in Basra, and within the 2021 elections drew greater than 21,000 votes – the second highest quantity within the province after Governor Asaad al-Idani. He’s serving his third consecutive time period in parliament and has typically been vocal on oil and gasoline sector points.

Awad rejected the concept Iranian firms will have the ability to enhance their publicity in Iraq’s oil sector beneath a Sudanese administration that got here to energy with the backing of Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Fatah, which is commonly described as aligned with Iran.

“I believe Iranian firms would expose this sector – on which 99 % of Iraq’s funds relies upon – to US sanctions,” Awad mentioned. “So I do not suppose any Prime Minister can threat it.”

Awad spoke to Iraq Oil Report in Baghdad in late December. The total transcript of the interview is offered beneath for Iraq Oil Report subscribers.

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