A large oil rig has arrived in the northern oil fields around Kirkuk to start work on reclaiming old oil wells and drilling new ones, according to AKnews.
The wells of the Hamrin mountains were left unused until June this year.
The Iraqi Drilling Company announced the arrival of the rig on Thursday, and its chairman told AKnews that it can drill wells up to 3,000 feet deep.
The Oil Ministry's plans to open or re-open a total of 72 wells in the area. Normally the northern fields export 460,000 barrels of oil a month through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.