Italian energy giant Eni is one of four international companies in contention for Iraq’s Nassiriya oilfield. The company in a statement confirmed that it would be participating in the forthcoming auction by the Iraqi oil ministry for the Nassiriya field development. The news follows Eni’s CEO, Paolo Scaroni’s meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday where Scaroni also discussed the development of Zubair’s super giant field in the center of the country.

Zubair is one of the biggest oil fields in Iraq expected to produce 1.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day when the production hits its peak. Eni is the field’s operator.

During the meeting, Eni’s CEO also explained all aspects of the field development including the expansion of the organization, which employs 200 expatriates, and the construction of new buildings within the operational area, as well as the recent opening of Eni’s offices in Baghdad.

“Al-Maliki expressed his satisfaction with the activities carried out by Eni in Iraq and called for a greater presence of the company in the country,” the company said.