(FILES) This file photo dated 08 September, 2004 shows a PetroChina gas station attendant in Beijing returning the nozzle at the pumps. Fidelity Investments, the world's largest mutual fund firm, has sold the bulk of its American Depositary Receipts (ADR) in PetroChina amid pressure from United States activists upset over its parent's interests in Sudan, reports said 17 May 2007. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Frederic J. BROWN

Baghdad (Agencies): Iraq and Exxon Mobil have signed a settlement deal, allowing PetroChina to take over as the primary contractor for the West Qurna 1 oilfield.

The Deputy Director of Basra Oil Company (BOC), Hassan Mohammed, stated that PetroChina was deemed the best choice after evaluating the settlement deal. PetroChina will become the largest shareholder after Exxon Mobil’s exit.

The agreement includes a financial arrangement for BOC to acquire Exxon Mobil’s share, with an assurance to settle the tax issue through negotiations or arbitration if unresolved.

The West Qurna 1 field, with 43 billion barrels of recoverable reserves, is among the world’s largest oil fields.

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