The Angolan state-owned oil company, Sonangol, has signed two initial oilfield deals in Iraq. The two, the Qayara and Najmah oilfields, are in Nineveh province, known as one of the most dangerous regions of the country.

There are frequent insurgencies there, as Sunni Islamic militants and al-Qaeda are both active.

Sonangol will be paid between $5 and $6 a barrel, one of the highest fees awarded in Iraq’s oil deals. The two fields combined contain an estimated 1.7 billion barrels of oil.

The deals were awarded in Iraq’s second bidding round for oil contracts, held earlier this month. Contracts went to companies including Shell, CNPC and Lukoil.