Oil and Gas Fields: Ahdab

Name: Ahdab, also known as Al-Ahdab, Alahdab

Controlled by: Ministry of Oil (Baghdad)

Location: Wasit province, 180 km south-east of Baghdad

Discovery: 1979

Reserves: 1 billion barrels of oil. The field also holds 750 billion standard cubic feet (scf) of associated gas reserves, however no plans have been announced for their commercial development, in which case the gas would likely be flared or reinjected.

Size: 303 square kilometres

Developed by: CNPC (75%), North Oil Company (25%). [China's Zhenhua Oil claims on its website to have a 37.5% holding in the field, so may have acquired half of CNPC's stake.]

Contract granted: 2008

Contract duration: 23 years

Remuneration: Believed to be $6 per barrel

Production started: 2011

Plateau production target:  [Output reached 140,000 bpd in November 2012, from 170 wells]

Other companies involved in the development:

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A full list of oil and gas fields controlled by the Ministry of Oil in Baghdad can be found here.