Schlumberger set to restart Iraqi oilfield operations

oilwell rumaila-eric kounce wcThe field has an estimated reserves of 17bn barrels. (Image source: Eric Kounce/Wikimedia Commons)Schlumberger is all set to resume operations at its Rumaila oilfield in Iraq next week, company sources have announced

Oilfield services had stopped work at the Rumaila North Field after an angry mob created a disturbance onsite.

Thamir Ghadhban, chairman of the advisory commission to Iraq’s Council of Ministers, said, “Schlumberger management is still on the ground and operations are expected to resume next week.”

Ghadhban added that the situation at the field was calm and safe.

A Schlumberger spokesperson said, “As a global company with a long-standing presence in the region, Schlumberger embraces tolerance and respect when interacting with all stakeholders in the local communities where we live and work.”

Rumaila is operated by BP and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

The field has estimated reserves of 17bn barrels and currently produces around 1.4mn bpd, representing more than a third of Iraq's total output, according to Ghadhban.

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