CNOOC to Explore Offshore in Iraq

By John Lee.

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is to press ahead with oil exploration at a 530-km2 offshore block in Basra.

Originally agreed in 2019, the work had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In parallel, Iraq's state-owned Oil Exploration Company (OEC) will carry out seismic surveys on the adjoining 120-km2 onshore area.

Following these studies, one exploratory well will be drilled onshore and one offshore.

The announcement was made following a workshop (pictured) to study plans for the development of marine blocks, organized by the Oil Exploration Company in cooperation with CNOOC.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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China “the Only Winner” in this Huge Iraqi Oil Field

Writing in Oil Price, Simon Watkins that the recent approval of the Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC)'s acquisition of ExxonMobil's 32.7 percent stake in the West Qurna 1 oil field is likely to leave China delighted, the U.S. irritated, and Iraq's oil industry still unable to achieve any of its key oil output goals.

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Agreement Signed for Al-Faw Refinery Project

By John Lee.

The preliminary principles agreement for the Al-Faw investment refinery project has been signed in Baghdad.

The refinery will have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day, while the petrochemical complex will be able to produce 3 million tons [per annum?].

The Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, said that this project will enhance the role of Iraq in manufacturing and petrochemical industries and contribute to sustainable development, adding that this contract is valued at 7-8 billion dollars.

The contract was signed by the Director General of South Refineries Company (SRC) Hussam Hussein Wali,  on behalf of the Ministry of Oil, and Yu Fang Chunk, General Manager of Hualu, on behalf of the Chinese side.

Hualu Engineering & Technology is majority controlled by China National Chemical Engineering Company (CNCEC), and describes itself as "an international engineering company proficient in providing project services such as investment and financing, consulting, technology research and development, engineering design, procurement, construction management, commissioning supervision, and plant operation and maintenance."

(Sources: Ministry of Oil, Hualu)

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China signs Partnership Contract with Iraqi Drilling Company

By John Lee.

China's Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corporation (ZPEC) has signed a partnership contract with the Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC).

The Director General of the IDC, Basem Abdul Karim, said that the contract includes the provision of support and completion of the work associated with drilling and reclamation operations at Iraqi oil fields.

It also includes the development of personnel and the transfer of expertise and technology.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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Basra Energy Company established to run Rumaila Oilfield

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has officially established the new Basra Energy Company (BEC), which will be the main contractor at the giant Rumaila oilfield, under a Technical Service Contract (TSC).

Representing BEC at the ceremony, Zaid Elyaseri (BP) said the field will be developed to reach a peak production of 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd), up from the current level of approximately 1.45 million bpd.

Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar added that, "PetroChina and BP are the two shareholders with SOMO and Basra Oil Company (BOC)." PetroChina is a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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Chevron’s Oil Deal with Iraq “is One to Watch”

Writing in Oil Price, Simon Watkins says that, given the negative history of dealing with China over the Nassiriyah project and the fact that Russia is occupied elsewhere in the country and the region, the United States might be in an unusually positive position to take a significant role in either the Nassiriyah field development alone or in the broader Nassiriyah Integrated Project (NIP).

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CITIC Construction Wins $3.7bn Iraq Power Deal

By John Lee.

China's CITIC Construction has won the bid for the first and second phases of AI Khairat heavy oil power plant in Iraq.

Yang Jianqiang, Deputy President of CITIC Construction, held talks with Mazin Wajih, Chairman of Harlow International, in Dubai representative office, and received the letter of acceptance issued by Mazin Wajih.

It is estimated that the contract value of each phase of the project is about $2.85 billion.

The AI Khairat heavy oil power plant is located in Karbala Province in south-central Iraq, about 100km away from Baghdad, next to the Karbala refinery, which provides its by-product heavy oil for the power plant as fuel.

The total installed capacity of the project consists of 8 power generating units of 400MW each, of which 4 units will be constructed in each phase and put into operation in batches.

As the EPC general contractor of the project, CITIC Construction will be responsible for designing, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and operation and maintenance of the project for a period of ten years, and assist in financing on the premise that the owner is guaranteed by the Iraqi government.

Wining the bid has made CITIC Construction see another major breakthrough in electric energy market of Iraq following the project of Maisan combined cycle power plant. After the completion of the project, it will become an energy hub around the capital, which will provide power for the reconstruction of Iraq's post-war industry, help ease the power shortage of residents in central and southern Iraq, improve people's livelihood and safeguard social stability.

(Source: CITIC)

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Iraqi Cabinet approves BP Plan to spin off Rumaila

By John Lee.

The Iraqi cabinet has approved a plan to restructure the ownership of the giant Rumaila oilfield.

The field will be taken over by the newly-created Basra Energy Company (BEC), which in turn will be owned by BP and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

According to a statement from the Ministry of Oil, it appears that the CNPC interest will be held through the company's subsidiary, PetroChina.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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China Buys “nearly Half” of Iraq’s oil

By John Lee.

An advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has said that nearly half of the country's oil exports go to China, making China the number one market for Iraqi oil.

Speaking on Thursday, Mazhar Muhammad Salih said that China accounts for about 40-44 percent of Iraqi oil exports, equating to about 800,000 barrels of oil per day.

(Source: INA)

(Pictured: Former Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi with China's Premier Xi Jinping, in September 2019)

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