Russia's Lukoil (LUKOF.PK, LUKOY.PK) decides against joining the development of Iraq's West...

|By:, SA News Editor

Russia's Lukoil (LUKOF.PK, LUKOY.PK) decides against joining the development of Iraq's West Qurna-1 oilfield, citing high risks, paving the way for Chinese companies to enter the project. PetroChina (PTR) is believed to be the frontrunner to take over ExxonMobil's (XOM) 60% stake in the field. Lukoil still owns a 75% stake in the West Qurna-2 field.