Rumaila oil production resumes

22 September 2011

Rumaila crude oil production disrupted by gas compression unit fire

Oil production is being gradually restored at the Rumaila oil field in the south of Iraq, after a fire at a nearby gas compression unit on 21 September.

“We have started to resume production gradually to its normal levels,” says Dhiya Jaffar, director-general of state-owned South Oil Company (SOC), Reuters news agency reports.

Jaffar did not give details on current output from the 17-billion-barrel field or a time frame for when production would return to normal levels.

Ali Khudhier, director general of state-owned South Gas Company, which operates the gas compression unit, denies that the fire caused the death of a worker. Khudhier did not reveal any details on when when the compressor would be repaired (MEED 21:9:11).

The field is being developed by UK oil major BP, along with China National Petroleum Corporation. 

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