Total announces that, within the framework of Iraq’s second petroleum bidding round organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil on December 12th, 2009, the consortium led by PetroChina Company Ltd signed on January 27, 2010 a 20-year Development and Production Service Contract with Missan Oil Company for the development of the Halfaya oil field. Total E&P Iraq holds an 18.75% interest in the consortium, alongside the operator PetroChina (37.5%) and partners Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (18.75%) and the State Partner South Oil Company (25%).
The Halfaya oil field is located in the Missan governorate, 35 kilometers southeast of Amara city, and spreads across 30 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. The consortium intends to increase the current oil field production from 3,100 barrels of oil per day to 535,000 barrels of oil per day.
“In signing this agreement, Total resumes its activity in a country with important petroleum resources and potential. Total remains committed to accompanying the development of the Iraqi oil industry and is looking at engaging in other cooperation projects. In working with its partners PetroChina and Petronas on the Halfaya oil field, Total will also further strengthen its international partnership with world-class national oil companies”, said Yves-Louis Darricarrère, president Exploration & Production, and Total.
In Iraq, Total started its activities in the 1920s with the discovery of the Kirkuk field. In the 1970s, Total brought the Buzurgan and Abu Ghirab fields on stream. Since then, Total has continuously cooperated with the Iraqi authorities on various technical studies and has provided training to numerous local engineers.