IRAQ: Rocket hits ExxonMobil complex in Basra

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A Katyusha rocket hit the residential and operational headquarters of the oil company ExxonMobil at the Burjesia site near the city of Basra in southern Iraq early Wednesday, June 19. The Iraqi army reported that three people were injured by the explosion. It should be noted that the oil companies Shell and Eni are also present on the site
The Katyusha rocket was short-range and landed 100 metres from the residential and operational centre part of the site.
ExxonMobil immediately announced its intention to evacuate 20 of its foreign employees after the attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Iraqi officials have stated that oil operations in southern Iraq, including exports, were not affected by the missile attack.
ExxonMobil is the prime contractor for a long-term agreement with the Iraqi South Oil Company to develop the oil field.
Consequences of the extreme tension between the United States and Iran
The rocket attack came after two separate attacks in as many days on US military bases in Iraq, Reuters notes.
The United States had ordered “non-emergency government employees” to leave Iraq in May.  The evacuation order was issued after Iraqi security forces warned that foreign personnel could be targeted for kidnapping by pro-Iranian militias as US-Iranian tensions intensified. On May 18, ExxonMobil removed all its foreign employees from the West Qurna 1 oil field in Iraq to Dubai.
It should be recalled that the Trump administration has just sent an additional 1,000 soldiers to the Middle East and accused Iran of attacking tankers in the Gulf.
Iraq’s oil production
Iraq’s oil production capacity is about 4.7 million barrels per day, but the country currently produces between 4.4 and 4.5 million barrels per day under an agreement with OPEC to reduce oil production.
Iraq’s oil revenues represent about 95% of the country’s revenues.