ExxonMobil is attempting to sell its stake in the West Qurna 1 oil field to two Chinese companies, setting an end-April deadline that has prompted fraught negotiations with the Oil Ministry. “They told us officially, with an official letter, referring to the contractual text… that ExxonMobil [is proceeding toward] selling its share to a coalition of the two companies, PetroChina and CNOOC,” said Khalid Hamza Abbas, the director general of the Basra Oil Company (BOC), which is the Iraqi state company overseeing Basra’s oil sector.