Iraq’s Oil Ministry is considering the development of new schemes to capture and utilise associated gas currently flared at its oil fields, following the long-awaited signing of a $17bn deal with the UK-Dutch oil major, Shell.

Oil Minister, Abdulkarim al-Luaibi says the government is considering projects similar to the Basra Gas Company, to capture flared gas in the Missan province, AKnews agency reports.

Iraq has finally signed a 25-year deal with a consortium led by Shell to capture and utilise natural gas currently flared from its southern oil fields at the end of November. The company will collect at least 2 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d) of associated gas from four fields in the south of the country: Rumaila and Zubair, along with West Qurna Phases 1 and 2 (MEED 28:11:11).

The Missan province, along the border with Iran, contains three fields that were awarded to China National Oil Corporation and its partner Turkish Petroleum Corporation in Iraq’s second oil field licensing round in March 2010.