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Eni still in talks over Iran oilfield

By Reuters

Italy's Eni has not withdrawn from talks over developing the third phase of Iran's Darkhovin oil field, the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) was quoted as saying yesterday.

"Negotiations continue with Italy's Eni for developing the third phase of Darkhovin," Seifollah Jashnsaz said on the state news agency Irna. "Eni has not withdrawn from the project."

Italy's Prime Minister Silvo Berlusconi said on Tuesday Eni had cancelled an unspecified third development phase in Iran. State-controlled Eni, which has fields at Darkhovin and the South Pars offshore site, declined to comment on the remarks.

An analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity said he believed the field in question was Darkhovin.

Eni had upgrading plans to bring on line 14,000 extra barrels of oil per day.


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