Clyde & Co has been appointed by Lukoil Mid-East Ltd to support them in their development of the West Qurna-2 field in Iraq. With recoverable reserves of 43 billion barrels West Qurna is the second largest oil field in the world.
This is a landmark project for Lukoil, representing as it does a planned production capacity of 1.8 mbd by 2017. This equates to more daily production than Libya currently achieves as an order of magnitude indicator. With planned investment levels of US$4.5bn over the next 3 to 5 years, and a total investment projection of US$30bn, the scale of this project for Lukoil is clear.
Commenting on the selection of Clyde & Co, Director of Legal Affairs for Lukoil Mid-East, Nikolay Isaakov said: “We are pleased to have selected Clyde & Co for a place on our panel of outside law firms for work in connection with Lukoil’s operation of the West Qurna-2 field in Iraq. Clyde’s major presence in the Middle East and their experience in Iraq, together with their oil and gas expertise, made them an obvious choice for us. We look forward to working with the Clyde’s team on this important project.”
With first oil projected for 2013 Lukoil and its IOC partner Statoil have an aggressive time table in place. As one of the world’s largest untapped oil fields, the second phase of West Qurna has known reserves of 12.9 billion barrels, and was awarded to Lukoil by Iraqi Ministry of Oil following a lengthy and keenly contested bidding process. The continuing development of this vital national asset, is indicative of the continued improvement in the national oil industry of Iraq.