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Italy's Eni, Iraq oil officials discuss projects

Italian energy group one of 35 companies pre-qualified to bid for long-term contracts.

Italy's biggest oil and gas group Eni and top officials from the Iraqi Oil Ministry met on Saturday in Baghdad to discuss future cooperation in the oil and gas business, Eni said.

"The meeting was focused on "potential cooperation on specific projects in the upstream, refining, drilling and oil and gas transportation sectors in Iraq", Eni said in a statement, without giving further details.

Eni is one of 35 energy companies qualified by Iraq's government in June to bid for long-term development oil contracts.

Eni Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni has said in the past that the company would take part in tenders in Iraq and aimed to open an office in Baghdad. (Reuters)

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