By John Lee.
Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] has directed the South Oil Company (SOC) to invite international companies to execute the sea water desalination project in southern Iraq.
The Common Seawater Supply Facility (CSSF) is considered vital to maintain the production volumes at Iraq's oil fields.
It is to be implemented in two stages, with 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) capacity at each stage.
(Source: Ministry of Oil)