Eni starts three new generation plants in Iraq’s Zubair field

iraq eni storyEni and Kogas have completed three new generation plants for oil, gas and water treatment in the Zubair oilfield, southern Iraq, which will be crucial to boosting Iraq’s oil production, according to Eni

“The plants, together with those existing, restructured and modernised, have increased the oil and gas treatment capacity to about 650,000 bpd,” said the Italian energy giant in a statement.

The new plants are located in the area of Hammar (four trains with a total capacity of 200,000 bpd) and Zubair and Rafydia (with a capacity of 50,000 bpd each). Hammar and Zubair have already started production, while Rafydia will be starting up by the end of March. These plants have a water injection capacity of about 300,000 bpd that will be crucial for Zubair’s hydrocarbons production boost, enabling then the maximisation of the associated gas utilisation, added Eni.

Zubair, one of the largest oilfields in Iraq, is operated by Eni on behalf of the Iraqi state company South Oil Company (SOC). The current production of the field is around 360,000 bpd and the plan is to achieve 850,000 bpd over the next few years.

The production and development activities come under a technical service contract signed in 2010. Since the contract start, the production of Zubair has doubled up to the current level, according to Eni.

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