Iraqi West Qurna – 2 field begins a test to increase production

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West Qurna-2 oil field, which is being developed by the Russian Lukoil company in Iraq, has started a testing process to increase production by 30 thousand barrels per day at first, according to “Reuters”.
A statement issued by the state-owned Basra Oil Company yesterday confirmed that a new reservoir has started a newly drilled well producing ten thousand barrels per day, and it is assumed that two more wells will be operational within three months, which leads to an increase in production by 30 thousand barrels per day.
He said that under the development plan agreed upon between Lukoil and the Iraqi Oil Ministry, the ultimate goal of the project is to increase production by 350,000 barrels per day. The statement did not specify a timetable for that.
Two oil field managers, on condition of anonymity, said that West Qurna-2 produces about 400,000 barrels per day, so the project could eventually nearly double production.
The Ministry of Oil had revealed projects to invest 1,200 million cubic feet per day of associated gas, stressing that the currently available production capacity of crude oil amounts to five million barrels per day.
Undersecretary Hamid Yunus said in a previous statement, “Iraqi gas is divided into two types, namely, gas associated with oil and free gas, and that associated gas depends entirely on the amount of crude oil produced, as it is isolated from oil.”
He added, “The amount of gas associated with oil is 2,700 million standard cubic feet per day,” noting that “the currently invested amount of it is estimated at 1,500 million cubic feet per day, and that part of it goes to electric stations, while the other part goes to local consumption.” Like a liquid gas.
He pointed out that “the remaining uninvested associated gas is estimated at 1,200 million cubic feet per day, and that the Ministry of Oil has been planning since 2015 to fully and quickly invest associated gas.”
He pointed out that “there are projects under implementation, including the Nasiriyah gas project with a capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day, in addition to the Halfaya gas project with a capacity of 300 million cubic feet per day, and the Artawi gas project in Basra Governorate with a capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day, and the Artawi gas project.” The south has a capacity of 300 million cubic feet per day, explaining that “these projects will be completed according to the schedule set for them, and all the gas associated with crude oil will be invested.”





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