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Gazprom Neft chooses contractor to drill oil wells in Badra

Gazprom Neft has picked a contractor to drill six production wells in the Badra field in Iraq which it operates. China’s Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Co., Ltd (ZPEC) has won the tender.

The contract includes engineering, procurement and drilling of wells. Two rigs will start drilling in March 2014.

Two wells are currently undergoing tests in Badra and a third will be launched in early 2014 under earlier signed contracts. The infrastructure required to make the field operational in early 2014 will include the Central Collection Point with a total capacity of 170,000 barrels a day. The first 60,000 barrels a day unit is due to be launched within months. A pipeline to the Garraf field, shortly to be completed, will deliver oil to Iraq’s long-distance oil transportation system.

Notes for editors

*EPC — engineering, procurement, construction

The Badra field is located in the Wassit Province in Eastern Iraq with an estimated 3 billion barrels of oil in place. The Iraqi government signed a contract for the development of the field in January 2010 with a consortium comprising Gazprom Neft (30%), Korea’s Kogas (22.5%), Malaysian Petronas (15%) and the Turkish TRAO (7.5%). A further 25% of the project is owned by the Iraqi government Oil Exploration Company (OEC). Gazprom Neft is the project operator.

The $2 billion Badra project has a term of 20 years, with possible prolongation by another five years. Under the contract, investors will recoup the costs incurred and will be paid a bonus of $5.5 per barrel of the oil equivalent.

The target output of 170,000 barrels a day (about 8.5 m tonnes a year) is to be reached in 2017 and maintained over the following 7 years.