China firm wins $174m Iraq oilfield contract
Baghdad, June 6, 2011
Iraq, China National Petroleum Company and their partners in the southern Halfaya oilfield have awarded a $174 million contract to China Petroleum and Engineering Corp (CPECC) to build three crude processors, an Iraqi oil official told Reuters on Sunday.
Ali Maarij, head of Iraq's state-run Maysan Oil Co., said the new plants will raise the production capacity of Halfaya field by 100,000 barrels per day.
Halfaya field currently produces around 12,000 bpd and plans to hit 20,000 bpd by the end of this year. Production of around 90,000 bpd is expected to be achieved in the first quarter of 2012, Maarij said.
Iraq last year signed a contract to develop Halfaya with CNPC, France's Total and Malaysian state company Petronas, for a fee of $1.40 per barrel. CNPC has a 37.5 per cent interest in the consortium. – Reuters