Petronas to Train Iraqi Engineers for Gharraf Oilfield

Petronas, the Malaysian state oil firm, has agreed to train 60 Iraqi oil engineers to help it develop the Gharaf oilfield.

The engineers will attend an intensive 6-month course in Malaysia and will then be sent back home to supervise the company’s operations, according to a report from Azzaman.

Petronas and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (Japex) won the 20-year service contract to develop the 900-million barrel field. They have agreed to invest about $7 billion.

Petronas has a 60 percent stake in the venture, and Japex the rest.

Petronas and Japex will get $1.49 per barrel from Gharaf the development of which could churn out 230,000 barrels a day.

Iraq's oil ministry announced on Friday that it would begin drilling for oil in the Gharraf oil fields by the end of the year.

(Source: Azzaman)

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