On October 20, 2010 the Akkas natural gas field in Anbar province was successfully bid on. The winner was a consortium of South Korea’s KOGAS and Kazakhstan’s KazMunai Gas. As reported before, Anbar’s governor and provincial council objected to the auction, claiming that the field should be under local rather than federal control. Anbar’s politicians organized a demonstration in Ramadi, the provincial capital, the day of the auction. Protestors demanded that the foreign companies hire workers from the province as well.
Reuters, “Residents chant slogans of Baghdad,” 10/20/10
Salaheddin, Sinan, “Iraq gas auction fizzles despite hopes,” Associated Press, 10/20/10