TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran is seeking $25 billion in investments from 50 deals involving international oil and gas companies, foreign executives were told Saturday in Tehran as the government outlined new contractual terms.
Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh opened a two-day conference in the capital attended by BP, Shell, Total of France, ENI of Italy, Repsol of Spain, OMV from Austria and other majors
The new Iran Petroleum Contract will replace "buy-back" agreements in which foreign companies were paid a set price for all oil and gas it helped Iran exploit. Iran at that point took over production.
The IPC will instead launch joint ventures for crude oil and gas production with international companies being paid a share of the total output, officials said.
The Iranian partner in a joint venture must have a majority stake of at least 51 percent.
Zanganeh said consultations with international companies led to the new contracts, which would initially be four years in length, extendible for a further two years.
Iran will have between five and seven years to pay back initial sums invested by the foreign companies but production cooperation could go on as long as 25 years, officials said.
"The contract models introduced today are not perfect or ideal, but an effective and responsive model for both sides," Zanganeh said, noting that $25 billion of foreign investment would constitute "success".
Iran has the world's fourth largest oil and second-largest proven gas reserves and its energy industry has been under-developed since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
Nicki, I see some of your posts have been removed, not my doing but you made reference to IR, unless my computer has melted down that reference was incorrect hence being removed. I'm not talking about the the 10.12 post either, the ones that followed
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