Iraq Exports First Shipment of Natural Gas

By John Lee.

Iraq exported its first shipment of natural gas on Sunday.

Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said a cargo of about 10,000 standard cubic feet of gas, in the form of condensates, left the port of Umm Qasr.

He declined to name the buyer, but Oil and Gas Year cites sources as saying the ship is on its way to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The gas was produced by the Basrah Gas Company (BGC), a joint venture between the South Gas Company (SGC) (51%), Shell (44%) and Mitsubishi (5%).

The next cargo is to be shipped by the end of this month.

(Source: Associated Press, Oil and Gas Year)

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