Tag Archives | South Oil Company (SOC)

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 […]

Iraq has Lost Billions from Gas Flaring

By John Lee. The former head of the Energy Studies Department at the Opec Secretariat in Vienna has said that delays in capturing associated gas from Iraq’s oilfields is costing the country billions of dollars. Saadallah Al Fathi told GulfNews.com that the Basra Gas Company (BGC) is very slow in rehabilitating and maintaining the plants […]

Parsons Wins SOC Seawater Supply Project

By John Lee. Parsons has announced that it was recently awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) for South Oil Company’s Common Seawater Supply Project in southern Iraq. This landmark project will provide 12.5 million barrels of water per day (bwpd) of treated seawater to oilfields in southern Iraq. Parsons’ scope of work includes conducting 14 […]

Dragon Oil Make Second Basra Discovery

By John Lee. Dublin registered Dragon Oil have announced a second oil discovery at the Block 9 exploration well, ‘Faihaa-1′. This is good news for the consortium who have a 30% stake in the well along with the operator, Kuwait Energy who have a 70% stake in the block, located in the northern part of Basra […]

BP Plans to Double Rumaila Production

By John Lee. The coming year will see BP expand drilling work and upgrades to equipment at the vast Rumaila oil field in southern Iraq, of which the company have a 50% stake. BP operate the field with PetroChina, Iraq’s South Oil Company and SOMO. This work is carried out under the umbrella of the […]

IOCs seek Independent Water Facilities

By John Lee. International oil companies (IOCs) in southern Iraq are seeking to push ahead with their own water injection facilities to meet production targets, according to a report from Platts. Malaysia’s Petronas, operator of the Gharraf [Garraf] oil field, is the latest to ask the Ministry of Oil for permission to build a standalone […]