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Iran seeks $25 billion as new oil contracts unveiled

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Staff writer ▼ | December 1, 2015
Iran is seeking $25 billion in investments from 50 deals involving international oil and gas companies, foreign executives were in Tehran as the government outlined new contractual terms.
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Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh opened a two-day conference in the capital attended by BP, Shell, Total of France, ENI of Italy, Repsol of Spain, OMV from Austria and other majors.

All are weighing a return if, as expected, sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program are lifted in early 2016 in line with a July 14 deal between Tehran and six world powers led by the United States.

The new Iran Petroleum Contract will replace "buy-back" agreements in which foreign companies were paid a set price for all oil and gas they helped Iran exploit. Iran at that point took over production.

The IPC will instead launch joint ventures for crude oil and gas production with international companies being paid a share of the total output, officials said. The Iranian partner in a joint venture must have a majority stake of at least 51 percent.

Iran will have between five and seven years to pay back initial sums invested by the foreign companies once production starts but cooperation and development in commercially viable fields could go on as long as 25 years, officials said.