Bids invited for Zubair gas compression project

21 November 2003
The Oil Ministry has invited companies to bid on 15 December for a contract to supply and install compression facilities in the Zubair oil and gas field, located in the south. The proposed project will collect gas from five areas, each requiring a separate compressor unit.

Zubair, which has capacity to produce 200,000 barrels a day of oil, is one of Iraq's main gas producing fields. Most of the country's gas is associated and increasing flows of gas is essential to restore output from various industries such as petrochemicals and fertilisers in the south.

Power is also dependent on gas, with 2,190 MW of Iraq's total installed capacity generated by gas-fired turbines. Shortages of gas during the summer prompted the government to request help from the US Agency for International Development to convert gas turbines to run on oil in order to maintain supply (Iraq, MEED Special Report, 24:10:03, pages 38-40).

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