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Top Iranian lawmaker asks government to award Azadegan deal to Iranian contractors

TEHRAN, Oct. 1 (Mehr News Agency) - The head of the Majlis Energy Commission (MEC) Kamal Daneshyar called for the government to award the development project of Azadegan oilfield to Iranian contractors, MNA reported on Sunday.

Iranian companies are able to develop Azadegan, "therefore, I call for Oil Ministry to award the project to domestic contractors in order to commission it within a shorter period of time," Daneshyar told reporters at the sideline of the Majlis open session.

The MP believes that the former government has made a mistake in signing Azadegan deal with Japan's INPEX, "and the new government should not repeat the same mistake."

Iran signed a contract with INPEX to develop Azadegan oilfield in 2004. Parts of the two-billion-dollar contract include mine sweeping operations over the field by Japanese partner, which has been a matter of dispute among the two sides. Iran has repeatedly warned Japan on finalization of the deal, but it is yet to make a decision. On the other hand, Japan has reportedly accounted on the development of Azadegan to supply parts of its energy needs, however, it is under pressure by the U.S. to cut the deal with Iran. Azadegan is located in the southwestern province of Khuzestan and it is one of the largest oilfields in the world.

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