TPAOTürkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi (Turkish Petroleum Corporation)
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Speaking after the ceremony, Minister Yildiz said Turkey attached great importance to its relations with Iraq, adding that TPAO and other Turkish companies would do their best to help Iraq's oil sector improve and stabilize.
BP and TPAO farmed into an adjacent block in the Georgian sector.
TPAO has engaged in international oil E&P business, especially in the Caspian region which has attracted the most attention with its huge oil and gas reserves and investment opportunities.
Amid increasing uncertainty during the protests against the ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, TPAO had decided to suspend operations in the North African country back in early 2011.
Yildiz said TPAO was facing problems in some other tenders it had won in Iraq, and he would try to solve them during his visit.
TA then said: "TPAO has taken the lead in introducing new technologies in Turkey to access these unconventional resources We hope this initial exploration phase will be a good beginning to a long lasting relationship".
"The cabinet decided to exclude the company TPAO from Block 9," said Abdul Mehdi al-Amidi, head of the Iraqi Oil Ministry's contracting and licensing department, according to Agence France-Presse.
One of the main concerns of Uysal is the planned privatisation of TPAO. But these are being delayed because of a variety of problems.
(TPIC), set up in 1988 as a unit of TPAO, which is involved in most aspects of the industry from oilfield services to oil products trade and distribution.
The amount of offshore seismic surveys done in the last ten years is more than those performed throughout TPAO's history.