Iraq aims to more than double oil production in its northern region by the end of 2014, according to a report from AFP.
Hamid Abdelrizak al-Saadi, general manager of the North Oil Company, said the planned increases for various fields would bring the total to about 1.3 million bpd, from a current level of about 600,000 bpd.
He said the plan for the company, which is in charge of oil and gas fields in Kirkuk, Anbar, Salaheddin and Nineveh provinces, involves increasing production at a number of fields:
- the Kirkuk field, from 280,000 bpd to 600,000 bpd;
- the Bai Hassan field, also in Kirkuk, from 195,000 bpd to 250,000 bpd;
- the Jambur field in northern Kirkuk, from 36,000 bpd to 80,000 bpd;
- the Ajeel field in Salaheddin province, from 25,000 bpd to 35,000 bpd; and,
- the Hamrin field in Salaheddin, from between 20,000 and 25,000 bpd to 60,000 by the beginning of 2013.
There is also a project for Angolan company Sonangol to develop the two fields of Qayara and Najmah in Nineveh province, south of Mosul, so they produce 230,000 bpd in the next three years.