Russia’s Lukoil has awarded US oil field services firm, Baker Hughes, a two-year contract to provide full drilling and completion services for 23 wells in the West Qurna phase-2 field in southeast Iraq.

Baker Hughes will provide engineering and project management for the turnkey drilling and completions scope of the project, according to a 8 August press release.

It will also supply drilling services, formation evaluation among other services, casing and tubing running services, completion tools and services, wellbore intervention services and wireline logging, as well as perforation operations. As many as five drilling rigs and three workover rigs will be required for the work.

In 2010, the company opened a 120,000-square-metre operations base in Basra to serve the Iraq oil and gas industry. In addition to West Qurna-2, Baker Hughes is also managing and operating rigs in the Zubair field, operated by Italy’s Eni.

Lukoil and its partner, Norway’s Statoil expect to begin production at the 12.9 billion-barrel field in 2013 (MEED 24:4:11).