By John Lee.

Oil Minister Thamir A. Al-Ghadhban met Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi on Monday in Baghdad.

Eni’s CEO outlined the Company’s current activities in the country in light of the recent achievements of the Zubair field development. Mr. Al-Ghadhban and Mr. Descalzi also discussed future opportunities and development investments that will further strengthen Eni’s relationship with the country.

At Zubair oil production has grown by over 100% since 2015 and a new 380 MW plant that will generate power for domestic consumption is in the final stages of construction.

Mr. Al-Ghadhban and Mr. Descalzi also discussed future opportunities and development investments that will further strengthen Eni’s relationship with the country. The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affair and Eni’s CEO also discussed the progress of social projects that are currently underway in the Basra Governorate in the areas of healthcare, education, access to energy and clean drinking water.

Finally, Eni’s CEO also highlighted potential synergies related to energy projects in Iraq, a strategic lever for the Country in maximizing its use of national natural resources.

Eni is one of the largest international upstream oil & gas players in the country, where it currently operates 475,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (35,000 boed Eni equity).

Eni has been present in Iraq since 2009 through its subsidiary Eni Iraq B.V., and with the ramp up of the Zubair Field Development Project (Eni 41.56%, Kogas 23.75%, BOC 29.69%, State Partner 5%) the Company has become one of Iraq’s main operators in the oil sector.

(Source: Eni)

US-based oil services company Halliburton has today announced it has signed two contracts with Eni Iraq BV to provide integrated drilling services at Eni’s Zubair oilfield in Southern Iraq.

Under the contracts, Halliburton will mobilize four to six rigs to drill development wells over the next two years.

Mahmoud El-Kady, vice president of the Iraq Area for Halliburton, said:

“We are pleased to be awarded this work and the opportunity to collaborate with Eni to engineer solutions for the development of Zubair.

“We have provided a wide array of drilling services to Eni since 2011 and signing these contracts are a testimony to our continuous commitment to safety and superior service quality.

(Source: Halliburton)

The oil minister of Iraq, Jabbar Ali Hussein Luaibi, and the Chief Executive Officer of Eni, Claudio Descalzi (pictured) met in Baghdad on Saturday.

During the meeting Eni’s CEO had the opportunity to outline the Company’s current activities in the country in light of the recent achievements of the Zubair field development, where the production has grown by over 100% since 2015.

The project, carried out by Eni with Basra Oil Company (BOC), has marked the fast track development of one of the largest producing oil fields in the Southern Iraq region of Basra.

Furthermore Claudio Descalzi updated the Minister Luaibi on a new 380 MW power plant which is in the final stages of construction. The plant will generate power for Zubair field and for domestic consumption in Basra Governorate.

Claudio Descalzi and Minister Jabbar discussed additional increase of Zubair production, future opportunities and development investments that would further strengthen Eni’s relationship with the country. Eni’s CEO has in fact confirmed Eni commitment in Upstream sector in Iraq and its support to the country through several initiatives.

Eni’s CEO and the Minister of Oil discussed among other things on the progress of social projects that are currently underway in the Basra Governorate in the areas of healthcare, education, through the construction among other things of one secondary school in Basra for 900 students and refurbishment of existing ones targeting total of 77 schools within the next 4 years, access to energy, through the expansion of the power plant, clean drinking water, through the overhaul of drinking water treatment plants, and new initiatives in agriculture sector which will allow creation of jobs and the development of local economy.

Finally, Eni’s CEO highlighted potential synergies related to energy projects in Iraq, a strategic lever for the Country in maximizing its use of national natural resources through project integration within the entire energy chain and double country oil production within limited time.

Eni has been present in Iraq since 2009, where it operates through its subsidiary Eni Iraq B.V., and with the ramp up of the Zubair Field Development Project (Eni 41.56%, Kogas 23.75%, BOC 29.69%, Missan 5%) the Company has become one of Iraq’s main operators in the oil sector. Eni currently operates 475,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in Iraq.

(Source: ENI)

The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) is planning to participate in neighboring Iraq‘s drilling tenders.

Speaking to reported on the sidelines of an oil show in Kish Island, on Tuesday, Sepehr Sepehri, NIDC managing director, said the company’s approach is to secure itself a toehold in global markets, adding NIDC is planning to participate in international drilling tenders in Iraq.

“We have plans to join drilling projects in neighboring countries and we have started correspondences with Iraq in this regard,” the official said.

Sepehri said the two country’s access to Arvand Free Zone, favorable crude oil production capacity in Iraq’s Basra and the good terms the two neighbors are on are among the advantages of working in Iraq.

He further said that NIDC will take part in three drilling tenders that Italy’s ENI is planning to hold in Iraq.

The NIDC official added that Oman is another market the company is seeing to gain a foothold in.

“We have indicated readiness to offer services to Oman, too, and will consider the matter in more depth during a visit by an Omani delegation to Iran within the next few weeks.”

Besides drilling operations, NIDC enjoys massive potentialities in offering drilling services, the CEO added.

“After Iraq and Oman, we are targeting operations in Qatar,” Sepehri added.

(Source: Shana)

By John Lee.

Reuters has reported that both BP and Eni have expressed an interest in developing the giant Majnoon oilfield, which Shell plans to exit next year.

Iraqi oil officials told the news agency that Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has not yet started negotiations with either company.

BP is currently developing the Rumaila field, while Eni operates Zubair.

Shell is expected to hand over Majnoon operations to the state-owned Basra Oil Company by the end of June 2018.

Both Chevron and Total have been previously reported as being interested in taking over the field.

(Source: Reuters)

Weir Oil & Gas Dubai has reportedly been awarded a contract with Eni Iraq BV to provide global maintenance services for gas compressor units and associated equipment located in the three Initial Production Facilities (IPF) plants in the Zubair oil fields in Southern Iraq.

The gas compressor units are comprised of gas engines, gas compressors, and relevant associated equipment. There are 30 compressors in total, with 18 at Hammar, six at Zubair and six at Rafidya. Weir engineers are now responsible for maintenance servicing of all compressors at each of the sites.

Ronan Le Gloahec (pictured), EMEA Regional Managing Director of Weir Oil & Gas, said:

Weir was selected for this contract due to our experience in Iraq, local footprint and know-how of the specific rotating machines and Field Maintenance methodologies.

“In addition to our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Dubai and service centre in Abu Dhabi, we have a dedicated service centre in Basra, the first facility in Iraq has both API and ISO licenses.”

(Source: Oilfield Technology)

The eleventh edition of the Iraq Petroleum Conference taking place on 22-23 May 2017 in London is set to gather the Country’s industry experts to discuss the future of Iraq’s hydrocarbons sector.

Ahead of the conference, CWC Group Director Nawar Abdulhadi interviews one of the key speakers of this year’s event, Mr Loris Tealdi, Managing Director, ENI Iraq b.v. Mr Tealdi shares his experience working on the Zubair oilfield, how Eni is working towards innovation and his outlook for the future of the industry.

Nawar Abdulhadi: Why is Iraq such an important market for the global oil and gas industry?

Mr Loris Tealdi: Iraq is historically one of the most important areas in the world in term of oil reserves and production potential. In addition, there may be also future evolutions to improve gas valorisation and empower the downstream sector.

The Iraq reservoirs are of great size and excellent properties. On top the government is quite open to the application of new technology and innovation that can lead to very important results in term of production enhancement also in the short run. Eni has a story to tell here: the exceptional oil production ramp-up of over 70% that we had in giant Zubair field over the last 2 years.

 

Nawar Abdulhadi: How does the Government of Iraq and the oil and gas industry work together to drive innovation?

Mr Loris Tealdi: The drive for development is the effective deployment of new technology; here the presence of IOCs in the country and the effective know-how transfer from the industry to the brightest Iraqi personnel can be the leverage for a significant improvement from many perspectives. As far as Eni is concerned in Iraq, an important event that marked a new attitude of the country is the entry of SOC as second party in The Zubair JV replacing Occidental after its withdrawal in 2016. This event is a step change in the cooperation between IOCs and NOCs in Iraq and has the potential to strengthen win-win solutions and to further improve the deployment innovative technology In Iraq.

By John Lee.

The South Oil Company (SOC) has officially taken over the stake in the Zubair oil field formerly held by US-based Occidental Petroleum, which has withdrawn from the project.

Repressentatives of Italy’s Eni and the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) signed the agreement along with the Ministry of Oil.

Mr. Laith Al-Shaher, the director general of the legal directorate in the ministry, said that output at the field has increased from 150,000 bpd in 2010 to 400,000 bpd today. There are plans to increase this to 450,000 bpd next year.

He said that Occidental was pulling out of all projects in the Middle East because of the global financial crisis and the oil prices drop.

Mr. Ahmed Fadhil, the deputy director general of SOC said his company entered the consortium with a share of 29.95 percent.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

The South Oil Company (SOC) has officially taken over the stake in the Zubair oil field formerly held by US-based Occidental Petroleum, which has withdrawn from the project.

Repressentatives of Italy’s Eni and the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) signed the agreement along with the Ministry of Oil.

Mr. Laith Al-Shaher, the director general of the legal directorate in the ministry, said that output at the field has increased from 150,000 bpd in 2010 to 400,000 bpd today. There are plans to increase this to 450,000 bpd next year.

He said that Occidental was pulling out of all projects in the Middle East because of the global financial crisis and the oil prices drop.

Mr. Ahmed Fadhil, the deputy director general of SOC said his company entered the consortium with a share of 29.95 percent.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

By John Lee.

Hundreds of people protested in Zubair on Sunday to demand jobs.

Asharq al-Aswat reports that the protesters tried to block access to oil fields managed by BP and Eni, saying that the oil is “being stolen by thieves.

Despite its oil wealth, the Basra region suffers from poor services and huge unemployment, while some locals report health issues as a result of living near the oil fields.

(Source: Asharq al-Aswat)