UK Consul General Angus McKee visited Gulf Keystone‘s production facility at the Shaikan oil field on Wednesday, where he was given a tour by company officials.
He viewed the production processes, control room and loading of tankers for onward transportation.
Following the visit, McKee said:
“Kurdistan Region’s oil industry is a real success story, and it benefits from significant UK investment and know-how. Gulf Keystone is a UK-listed exploration and production company looking to expand its operations.
“As well as contributing to oil exports, it employs over 200 local staff, and takes social responsibility – including the current humanitarian crisis – seriously.
“Kurdistan Region’s operators draw significantly on British expertise. UK companies are active across the region, providing high-quality services, and next week’s Erbil Trade Fair will be a further opportunity to champion the British businesses operating here.
“Many oil industry professionals, including Kurds, have British degrees including from universities at the forefront of oil research such as Aberdeen. And the annual CWC Kurdistan Iraq Oil and Gas Conference will take place in London 16-18 December.
“The Consulate General in Erbil, including our UK Trade and Investment Team, work to strengthen these ties. The oil industry’s success is essential for the future development and prosperity of Kurdistan Region”
Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) is an independent oil and gas exploration and production UK-listed company and a leading operator in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Commercial production and export crude oil sales have been ramping up from Shaikan, a the company’s flagship project, with two production facilities on track to produce 40,000 barrels of oil per day. In order to realise further multi-billion barrel resource potential, Gulf Keystone continues exploration, appraisal and early production operations on the Sheikh Adi, Ber Bahr and Akri-Bijeel blocks, all with discoveries.
(Source: British Consulate General in Erbil)