IDC starts Drilling 20 Oil Wells at Nasiriyah

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has started work on the first of its 20 oil wells at the Nasiriyah oil field in Dhi Qar.

IDC's Director General, Basem Abdul Karim, said that the project is part of a contract with the Dhi Qar Oil Company (DQOC) in cooperation with Weatherford.

The planned depth of the well is 2,200 meters.

The project is to be completed within 18 months.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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Iraqi Drilling Company signs Partnership Contract with SOCAR

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has signed a partnership contract with SOCAR, the the state-owned oil and gas company of Azerbaijan, for drilling and oil-field services.

The Director General of the company, Bassim Abdul Karim, said that the contract involves collaboration in the field of drilling and reclamation of oil wells, noting that the term of the contract is three years, and may be extended.

The agreement follows a visit by Iraq's Oil Minister, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, to Azerbaijan in September, and a visit by the General Director of Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC), Basim Abdulkareem, to SOCAR's headquarters in January.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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IDC Drills New Well at Majnoon

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has announced that its technical and engineering staff have started drilling oil well MJ-129 in Majnoon oil field in Basra Province.

The Director General of the IDC, Bassim Abdul Karim, said that the planned depth of the well is 3,648 meters, reaching to the Mishrif formation.

He added that the drilling was done using the IDC 56 drilling rig.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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Genel Suspends Drilling Ops on QD-2 well at Qara Dagh

Genel Energy has announced that drilling operations on the QD-2 well at Qara Dagh (40% working interest and operator) have been suspended.

As previously stated, the well had been side-tracked in response to encountering more complex geology above the target reservoir than expected.

Two further side-tracks have been initiated, but the licence partners have now concluded that it is impractical to continue the drilling operations from this wellbore in an attempt to reach the primary objective because of insurmountable technical problems. The decision has therefore been taken to suspend QD-2, with the minimum work obligation satisfied.

Licence partners Genel and Chevron will conduct a thorough evaluation of the QD-2 well and its results in 2022 to inform next steps on the licence.

Bill Higgs, Chief Executive of Genel, said:

"This has been a very challenging operation, and the decision to suspend drilling at this stage is prudent. It is of course not the outcome that we wanted, but the geological case for Qara Dagh remains intact and attractive.

"We will work with Chevron to ascertain the best way forward on the licence. In the meantime we will continue working with the community on our social initiatives, as we retain our commitment to the region."

(Source: Genel Energy)

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Al Majal Signs Agreement with Iraq Drilling Company (IDC)

Al Majal Signs a Partnership Agreement with Iraq Drilling Company (IDC)

Al Majal has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Iraq Drilling Company (IDC).

The agreement aims to develop IDC's technical teams and to qualify its specialized maintenance workshops in accordance with international standards.

In an online statement published by IDC, the company said that the agreement incorporates the joint cooperation in providing services that cover blowout preventers (BOPs), top drive systems, inspection and certification of equipment in accordance with API standards, in addition to coring services, gyro and EMMS services, valves and valves systems, fishing and downhole services, bottom hole assembly (BHA) services.

(Source: Al Majal)

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IDC starts Drilling in Mishrif Reservoir

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has started drilling a well "Ammara 19" at  Missan Oil Company (MOC)'s Amara field, within the Mishrif reservoir.

IDC's Director General, Bassim Abdul Kareem, said the drilling operations were carried out using the 2000-HP drilling rig "IDC 23".

The planned depth of the well is 3,290 meters.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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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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IDC to Drill 37 Wells at Zubair Oil Field

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) has signed a contract with Schlumberger to provide drilling services for 37 oil wells in the Al-Zubair field in Basra for the Italian company ENI, which will operate the field.

The Director General of the Iraqi Drilling Company, Basem Abdul Karim, said that the contract includes the operation of the two drilling rigs IDC 37 and IDC 38.

The targeted reservoirs in this project are the Mishref reservoir, Nahr Bin Omar, and the Zubair reservoir, where new drilling operations contribute to increasing the production capacity of the aforementioned field.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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Petronas opens New Well at Garraf Field

By John Lee.

Petronas Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. has opened its K-123 well in the Garraf Contract Area in Dhi Qar.

Present at the event were, Petronas Vice President International Assets of Upstream Mr. M Jukris A Wahab; Director, Managing Executive Officer and President of Middle East, Asia & Europe Project Division of Japex, Mr. Toshiyuki Hirata; and Petronas Iraq Country Chairman, Mr. Norafizal Mat Saad.

The field is operated by Petronas (45%), Japex Garraf Ltd (30%), and North Oil Company (25%). (Japex Garraf Ltd is owned as follows: Japex 55%, Mitsubishi Corporation 10%, and JOGMEC 35%).

(Source: Petronas)

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Deal Signed for 96 new Wells at West Qurna 1

By John Lee.

Iraq has signed a contract with Schlumberger to drill 96 horizontal and diagonal oil wells at the West Qurna 1 field in Basra.

Saad Al-Damen, Vice President of Schlumberger, said the contract will add 200,000 barrels per day to production at the field.

The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Oil, Hamid Younis, said that directional boring covers more area and reduces the water level in the oil wells.

The $480-million deal was agreed by the Iraqi cabinet in March.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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