Iraqi Drilling Company Plans 76 Wells in 2011

Iraq's state-run Iraqi Drilling Company plans to drill 76 wells in 2011 as part of a national effort to boost oil output to more than 200,000 barrels per day, the head of the firm said on Friday.

According to Reuters, the firm's director, Idrees al-Yassiri, said the plan included drilling more than 15 wells at the Nassiriya oilfield, which would help boost output from the field by 50,000-60,000 bpd.

"Our plan for 2011 is ambitious. We have enough energy to accomplish it ... The increase in production through the national effort will be more than 200,000 bpd through 2011," he said in a news conference.

The national effort includes drilling new wells in oilfields Iraq is developing on its own, including some of its giant fields like Nassiriya and East Baghdad.

Yassiri said the Iraqi Drilling Company would also drill wells for oilfields being developed by global oil companies.

"We will drill 23 wells for ENI at the Zubair oilfield and 20 wells for ExxonMobil in West Qurna (Phase One)," he said, adding the company will drill 15 wells as part of a consortium in Majnoon oilfield, which is being developed by Royal Dutch Shell.

"Drilling operations for foreign companies will add close to 150,000 barrels per day in 2011," Yassiri said.

The company has also submitted a bid for a tender to drill 23 wells in West Qurna (Phase Two), which is being developed by Russia's LUKOIL, Yassiri said, adding the development plan for the field included drilling 75 wells in the next two years.

(Source: Reuters)

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