Iran Petroleum Contracts Dazzling Enough for Foreign InvestorsTEHRAN (NIOC) _ Upon introduction of the new oil contracts model, international companies have expressed their zest to start their cooperation with ran based on the model, an Iranian Deputy Minister stated.
Roknoddin Javadi, who is also the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) made the remarks on Saturday after a meeting with senior executives of a number of international oil majors on the sidelines of an international conference in Tehran.
Javadi stated that his negotiations with representatives of foreign companies have been positive, adding, "These and other international companies active in oil industry are ready to cooperate with Iran within the framework of deals based on the new Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC)."
The official added that during his talks with France’s Total and Malaysia’s Petronas companies, they have discussed available grounds for development of hydrocarbon fields in Iran and commissioning of liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.
"Representatives of (Russia’s) Lukoil have also indicated their readiness to cooperate with the National Iranian Oil Company in the field of developing hydrocarbon fields," he said.
As many as 250 representatives of companies from 33 countries attended the Saturday conference, during which Iran introduced a new contract format offering better incentives to investors than the previous buy-back deal.
Head of the Iran Contracts Restructuring Committee (ICRC) Mehdi Hosseini said no American company took part in the event, but a number of big oil and gas entities sent their representatives.
The conference, dubbed "Tehran Summit: Iran Oil and Gas Projects and Domestic Capacities," opened in the Iranian capital city on Saturday to lay out 50 oil and gas projects for development through foreign investment, which Iran hopes to pour in with the lifting of Western sanctions.
The new contract includes specifications of the production-sharing agreements, which will encourage investors to produce more oil and develop a field for longer terms.
Each individual project will have tailor-made contracts, rather than a uniform format for all projects.
Companies will be allowed a share of the oil they produce, enabling them to sell it abroad. They will share the rise or fall in recovery; hence, the more they produce, the more they will earn.
The Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) also gives investors the opportunity to participate in operation and production for 20 years that can be extended to 25 years, according to officials.