Global Trader reports that British business activity in Iraq is increasing on a monthly basis with process engineering and technology group DPS Global being the latest firm to reveal details of a major new project.
The company has started work on the expansion of the Khurmala Dome Field Development (pictured), the northernmost dome of the Kirkuk oil field structure.
DPS were involved in the design of the initial 100,000-bpd field development in 2006/7 and have maintained strong links with the region ever since.
The development is owned and operated by local Kurdish company Kar Group who are a major business within the region and whose plans for an integrated energy solution include a new power plant and expanded refinery capability.
DPS group sales director, Jon Moseley said:
"The original project was a challenging one for all concerned, given the location and timing, and so we are extremely proud to be involved in the continued expansion of the facility.
"Our initial scope has been a study to debottleneck the existing facility and increase the capacity by a further 40,000bpd. Work has subsequently begun on implementing these upgrade modifications and as a result we have a growing number of engineers in the capital Erbil.
"The next stage of the contract will be the design of the Central Process Facility in 2014 that will include an additional 60,000bpd processing capacity (taking the development to 200,000bpd) and overseeing the new gas treatment facility that will feed gas to a new power plant in the area."
Group managing director, Neil Young adds:
"This project will run alongside Dana Petroleum’s Western Isles FPSO for which DPS are designing the process topsides for Chinese shipyard Cosco, which expands our engineering division to our target of 400 engineers in our global network.
"Kurdistan and Erbil in particular, is an integral part of our expansion plans and as a result we are establishing a local engineering office to not only support the Khurmala Dome project, but also the other operators in the area.
"We made some good friends and partnerships during the design of the initial project and wanted to establish long term relationship with the region … this is just the start!"
(Source: Global Trader)