A worker adjusts the valve of an oil pipe in a south Rumaila oil field, south of Basra
A worker adjusts the valve of an oil pipe in a south Rumaila oil field, south of Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad December 2, 2009. If all of Iraq's oil deals get off the ground, it will need scores of drilling rigs, thousands of tonnes of cement and steel, many miles of pipeline and tens of thousands of trained and qualified workers.
The potential workload for oil service firms in Iraq is unprecedented in the history of the oil industry, and could overwhelm the global oil-service sector. Picture taken December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ BUSINESS ENERGY)