15 Jun 2010 12:07

Lukoil says not to bid at tender for three Iraqi gas fields

MOSCOW. June 15 (Interfax) - Lukoil will not bid at a tender for three gas fields in Iraq, the Russian oil company's president, Vagit Alekperov, told reporters.

"We're concentrating on West Qurna-2. We have firm commitments. We won't shift our focus," Alekperov said.

But Lukoil might think about expanding in Iraq after it has fulfilled its commitments under West Qurna-2, he said.

The tender for the Akkas, Mansouriya and Siba fields begins on September 1. Bidders have until the end of July to familiarize themselves with the details.

Lukoil, in consortium with Statoil won a tender for the big West Qurna-2 field at the end of last year.