Weatherford Wins $200m Project at Garraf Oil Field

Weatherford International has won a deal to build early production facilities at Iraq's untapped Garraf oil field in southern Iraq, a former Iraqi oil ministry official said Wednesday, according to a report from Dow Jones.

Adnan Galay, who retired as chairman of the field's joint management committee a few weeks ago, declined to give the value of the deal. However, contracting sources attending an Iraqi energy meeting in Istanbul said the contract is worth about $200 million.

Galay said that Lakeshore TolTest Corp will be a subcontractor to the project.

Weatherford was awarded the contract by the Malaysian company Petronas (45% stake) and its partners, Japan Petroleum Exploration (Japex) (30% stake), and Iraq's state South Oil Company (25% stake).

Petronas, which has been considering bid proposals since the late summer of 2010, chose Weatherford over three rival bidders--Petrofac with JGC, and Saipem with Punj Lloyd.

The giant oil services company earlier this year won a deal worth $52 million to drill 11 new wells in Garraf, located halfway between the southern cities of Karbala and Nasiriya in Thi Qar [Dhi Qar] governorate. The field was discovered in the 1980s by the then Iraqi oil ministry, and has oil reserves of 1 billion barrels.

Output from the field is expected to hit 50,000 barrels a day next year, 60,000 barrels a day in 2013 and 100,000 barrels a day in 2014, Galay said.

Garraf has an eventual output target of 230,000 barrels a day, although the Petronas-Japex partnership may increase production beyond that level, officials said.

"Three wells have been drilled to date, and testing oil proves that gravity ranges from 24 to 36 degrees API in the two reservoirs of the field," Galay said.

The Garraf early production work involves construction of a degasing facility with two trains of 50,000 barrels a day each, as well as storage tanks and infrastructure.

Weatherford earlier carried out the front-end engineering and design study at Garraf.

(Source: Dow Jones)

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