Iraq’s North Oil Company has drilled 31 new wells in latest bid to boost output from the aging Kirkuk’s oil fields, according to a report from Azzaman.
Oil first was pumped from Kirkuk more than seven decades ago.
Kirkuk’s fields, once believed to be one of the world’s largest, have seen their output fall to less than half a million barrels a day from nearly 2 million barrels in the past.
“We have completed the drilling of 13 wells out of 25 the company wants to drill this year,” the company’s director Kadhem Hussein said.
Currently Kirkuk fields produce a little more than 300,000 barrels a day. Output was estimated at nearly 1 million barrels before the 2003-U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The company is drilling new wells in various fields. This year’s plan calls for the drilling of 15 new wells in Aujail, six in Bas Hassan, two in Jumboor and two in Khabbaz.
The company has nine drilling towers with the capacity to drill wells to a depth of about 5,000 meters.