This excerpt taken from the BP 6-K filed Nov 3, 2009.
'S SUPER-GIANT RUMAILA FIELD
BP, and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), announced today that they have signed a technical service contract with Iraq's state-owned South Oil Company (SOC) to expand production from the Rumaila oilfield, near Basra in southern Iraq. The signing follows BP's successful bid for the contract with CNPC in Baghdad in June.
The consortium led by BP (38 per cent) with partners CNPC (37 per cent) and the Iraq government's representative State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO - 25 per cent), has agreed to nearly triple the Rumaila field's output to almost 3 million barrels of oil a day (b/d), which would make it the world's second largest producing oilfield.
lifetime of the contract
with the intention of increasing
to 2.85 million b/d
in the second half of the next decade.
Once production has been raised by 10
from its current level of about 1 million b/d
will start to be
and fees of
$2 a barrel
earned on the
"We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the people of
to develop one of the world's great oilfields and we see this as the beginning of a long-term relationship with
," said BP's chief executive Tony Hayward.
"We are also pleased to have the opportunity to help Iraq rebuild its economy after years of war and sanctions. The investment in Rumaila will support Iraq in achieving its ambition of becoming a major player in global oil markets once again and will catalyze training and development opportunities for the many thousands of Iraqi workers on Rumaila," Hayward added.
The Rumaila Field Operating Organisation (ROO) will manage the rehabilitation and expansion project. ROO will be staffed mainly by employees from South Oil Company and will contain a small number of technical experts and managers from BP and CNPC.
BP has already gained
three year memorandum of understanding to provide technical assistance from 2005
knowledge of the field's geology da
ting back to discovery in 1953.
BP and its partners
boost recovery and increase production from the Rumaila field, focussing initially on
and gas reinjection
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