By John Lee.
Lukoil have announced changes to their contract to work on West Qurna-2, following talks with the Iraqi Minister of Oil Abdul Kareem Luaibi.
The new alteration expands the scope of the work to include the Tuba-Fao pipeline, as well as speeding up the process of cost recovery for investors.
The Tuba-Fao pipeline will be 75 miles long when complete and take oil from the West Qurna-2 Tuba tank farm to the Fao tank farm where the oil will be loaded to a single point ship mooring for export.
Of the expanded scope of the work on the infrastructure of the giant West Qurna-2 field, Lukoil president Vagit Alekperov (pictured) was upbeat:
“The Iraqi export system requires upgrading to accommodate growing production due to a number of licensing rounds conducted in recent years. The construction of the Tuba-Fao Pipeline will provide for a direct connection between the West Qurna-2 field and the country’s largest export terminal, creating opportunities for further production growth from the field".