By John Lee.
China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp (CPECC) has reportedly signed a contract for the design, procurement, construction and testing of new crude oil processing facilities at Iraq's giant Rumaila oilfield.
According to a report from the China International Contractors Association, the facility in Mishrif Qurainat (MQ) is the first new crude oil processing facility project in the oilfield in the past 10 years.
Each of the two units is said to have a capacity of 120,00 barrels per day (bpd).
The award was made by the Basra Energy Company Limited (BECL), which was set up last year to operate the field. According to a statement at that time from the Minister of Oil, PetroChina and BP are shareholders in BECL, along with SOMO and Basra Oil Company (BOC).
PetroChina is a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which also controls CPECC.
The contract is valued at about $386 million, and construction is expected to take three years.
(Sources: China International Contractors Association, Teller Report, Upstream Online)
Congratulations, great news.
The Contractor CPECC and the field operator Petro China are the same entity, wondering where are BP's ethics and compliance in all this?
It's not correct, it's same like BOC(Basra Oil Company) is the operator for some oilfield and IDC(Iraqi Drilling Company) is the contractor, and both of them belongs to the ministry. Same like petrochina and CPECC, they are separate entities.