BAGHDAD Nov 22 China's Sinopec Corp (0386.HK)
sought to pay participation fees to bid for oilfields on offer
in Iraq's second bidding round but was rebuffed, an official
with the Iraqi Oil Ministry said on Sunday.
"Sinopec asked to pay the participation fee to get the data
package but we refused due to the deals they have with the
Kurdish Regional Government," said Sabah Abdul Kadhim, head of
the legal and commercial section of the Petroleum Contracts and
Abdul Kadhim said more than 40 global oil firms ended up
paying participation fees ahead of the Nov. 20 deadline for the
Dec. 11-12 auction, in which 10 largely undeveloped oilfields
will be up for grabs.
(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Michael Christie and
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