Russia’s Gazprom Neft is expecting to start exporting from its East Badrah oil field in Wasit [Wassit] province early next year, according to AKnews.
Alexander V Kolomatsky, Project director for the Middle East at Gazprom, said the company had initially planned to reach the 15,000 bpd level by the last quarter of 2013 because the oil field, which is near Iraq’s border with Iran, had to be first cleared of landmines.
But progress in the de-mining work however has led to this figure being pulled forward to early 2013, with 60,000 bpd expected by mid year, and 120,000 bpd by the beginning of 2014.
The field, which has estimated reserves of 100 million barrels of oil, is being developed by Gazprom (30%), Korea’s KOGAS (22.5%), Malaysia’s Petronas (15%), Turkey’s TPAO (7.5%), and Iraq (25%).
(Source: AKnews. Iraq Energy)