The potential uses for Iraqi gas are very much a moot point for now. The OPEC state flares $10mn a day worth of associated gas (see table, p5) and work by the Shell-led Basra Gas Company to gather and utilize the gas for power generation has been slow getting off the ground.

Still, the Iraqi Minister of Electricity Karim al-Jumaili is adamant that there will be no exports now or in the future and he used a few expletives under his breath as he marched out of the hall after a session on gas during the MEED Iraq Energy Projects conference in Dubai. (CONTINUED - 1139 WORDS)