Iraqis go to the polls Saturday in a general election which could reshape its oil ministry and delay output expansion projects in OPEC’s second-largest member. With no political bloc expected to win an outright majority, a coalition government could result in a change of oil minister. Iraq pumped an average of 4.42 million b/d in April according to the S&P Global Platts survey. Major new oil and gas projects could face delays because of a potential change in cabinet and approvals, warn sources at international oil companies. A new government could also slow progress in Iraq’s latest licensing round held in late-April. Other schemes, which could be affected, include the South Integrated Project. The multi-billion dollar development with ExxonMobil and PetroChina will be crucial to meeting Iraq’s production capacity target of 8 million b/d in the coming years. Article continues below… Oilgram News brings you fast-breaking global petroleum and […]