Iraq's oil bidding process delayed by a day
DATE:2009-7-15  FROM:  AUTHOR:  DOWN:2798
BAGHDAD, JUL 15---Iraq has delayed its first oil bidding process in over 30 years by one day after a sandstorm forced the Baghdad airport to close.
Iraq had been planning to award eight oil and gas fields to international oil companies for long-term development on Monday and Tuesday.

Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said Sunday that the airport closure has prevented representatives of international oil companies from landing in Baghdad.

Jihad told The Associated Press that the process will instead start on Tuesday and could be consolidated into a one-day process instead of two as had been planned.

A heavy sandstorm has blanketed Iraq's capital and reduced visibility to only a few yards (meters.)

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