Tag Archives | South Oil Company (SOC)

Iraq sets up Dhi Qar Oil Company

By John Lee. Iraq has this week established the Dhi Qar Oil Company (DQOC), which will take over responsibility for the Nassiriya and Garraf oil fields. The South Oil Company (SOC) has been renamed the Basra Oil Company (BOC), following the transfer of the Dhi Qar assets to the new company. (Source: Reuters)

PetroChina, Exxon Approached to Boost Production

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly approached PetroChina and ExxonMobil about investing in a multi-billion dollar project to help boost output from a number of smaller southern fields. The Deputy Chairman of the South Oil Company (SOC), Basim Abdul Kareem, told Reuters that the “Integrated South Project” consists of building oil pipelines, storage facilities and […]

West Qurna II Produces 20m Tonnes this year

Since its launch in March 2014, cumulative production of Iraq’s West Qurna-2 field, operated by PJSC LUKOIL, has exceeded 30 million tonnes of oil. On December 24, 2015 LUKOIL achieved its annual production target for the West Qurna-2 field in full: 20 million tonnes of oil were produced since the beginning of the year. As […]

Lukoil Updates on West Qurna 2

In its Third Quarter results published today, Lukoil has given the following update on its operations at the West Qurna-2 oilfield: On December 12, 2009, a consortium of a Group company and Statoil won the tender for development of the West Qurna-2 field in Iraq, one of the largest crude oil fields discovered in the […]

Occidental to sell Zubair stake to Iraq’s South Oil

By John Lee. Occidental Petroleum intends to sell its stake in the Zubair oilfield to Iraq’s state-run South Oil Company (SOC), according to a report from Reuters. The news agency quotes ministry spokesman Asim Jihad as saying on Wednesday: “Occidental asked the ministry for permission to sell its stake in Zubair field and the ministry […]

Block 9 Reaches Production in Record Time

Kuwait Energy has announced that the consortium comprising of Kuwait Energy (60%) as the operator, Dragon Oil (30%) and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (10%) has commenced oil production from Faihaa-1 well in Block 9, Iraq. The Faihaa-1 well is located in Block 9 field, which is situated in the hub of Iraq’s oil industry […]

IBBC hosts ‘Basrah: Open for Business’ Conference

IBBC hosts ‘Basrah: Open for Business’ Conference in partnership with IENA The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), in partnership with the Iraq Energy Academy (IENA), held a successful conference ‘Basrah: Open for Business’ at the Shams Al Basrah Hotel on the 5th October 2015. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Executive Chairman of IBBC and UK Trade […]

Cabinet Approves 23 new Oil Wells

By John Lee. The Iraqi Council of Ministers has approved the expenditure needed to drill 23 oil wells in the West Qurna area. The drilling had been recommended by the Economic Ministerial Committe, and is to be carried out by the South Oil Company (SOC) and the Russian company Lukoil. (Source: AIN) (Oil drilling image […]

Splitting Basra Crude “Makes Sense”

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq’s plan to split its Basra crude into ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ grades from May should reduce quality issues dogging its exports, but adds that there will be challenges getting the price it wants and setting up the required infrastructure. An official at the state-run South Oil Company (SOC), who […]

Bashneft Completes Surveys at Block 12

Russia’s Bashneft has completed field seismic surveys at Block 12 as part of the geological exploration programme approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Oil. The Oil Exploration Company, an Iraqi company specializing in geological and geophysical exploration, which won the open tender in the spring of 2014, has been employed as a contractor to conduct […]