Russia to develop large Iraqi oilfield

Apr 14, 1997 02:00 AM

Iraq has signed with Russia for the development of a huge oil field in southern Iraq, an Iraqi Oil Ministry official said. Fayez Abdullah Shahin, the ministry's under-secretary, told that the West Qurna field is expected to produce up to 600,000 bpd. West Qurna is about 340 miles south of Baghdad. Initial production, to begin soon, will be about 250,000 bpd, INA quoted him as saying. The agency was monitored in Cairo. The contract was approved formally on Sunday night by Iraq's National Assembly.
Iraq remains under UN Security Council sanctions, and it was unclear how it could get the equipment and technology needed to develop the field. Iraq has signed oil deals with French companies and is expected to conclude one soon with China. But work on the French concessions is not expected to begin until UN sanctions are lifted.

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