Iraq to increase crude production

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This would be a game changer if they do it and pump all that:

BAGHDAD, Dec 14, 2009

Iraq struck deals with several foreign energy giants to nearly triple its oil output in an auction that ended on Saturday, as the country bids to become one of the world’s biggest energy producers.

Major agreements were reached with Russian firm Lukoil and Anglo-Dutch company Shell over giant fields during the two-day sale, while contracts were also awarded to China’s CNPC and Malaysia’s Petronas.

“Iraq’s oil production will reach 12 million barrels per day (bpd) within the next six years,” Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani told reporters after the auction. “That is the highest production level of the world’s oil-producing countries.”