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Gazprom Neft’s production in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reaches four million tonnes of oil

Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazprom Neft Middle East B.V. has produced its four-millionth tonne (32-millionth barrel) of oil since starting commercial development of the Sarqala field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

Three wells are now in operation at this field, with daily production running at about 3,100 tonnes (24,000 barrels) per day. Limitations arising under the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, Gazprom Neft Middle East B.V. is continuing to develop this field and is implementing a number of key production projects, including drilling a fourth well, the commissioning of which will increase production to 4,100 (around 32,000 barrels) per day. The commissioning of this well is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

Gazprom Neft Middle East B.V. is involved in this project with the Government of the KRI as part of the latter’s development of the region’s energy supply system. Associated petroleum gas (APG) produced at the Sarqala field will be used as fuel for energy facilities currently under development by government authorities. This programme envisages the construction of a 4.5-kilometre gas pipeline to connect the field to power generation facilities. Implementing this project will not only increase APG utilisation at the field, but will also facilitate energy supplies to several districts within the KRI.

“The Middle East remains an area of strategic interest to our company. Current COVID-19 limitations notwithstanding, we have continued developing our projects in this region throughout 2020. A fourth well will be commissioned at the Sarqala field as early as next year, making it possible to increase — and maintain — production at this field. Now, having established a production base, gained unique experience, and developed an understanding of the geological features of this area, we remain interested in investigating new opportunities for development in this region.”
Vadim Yakovlev
Vadim Yakovlev Deputy CEO for Upstream, Gazprom Neft
Notes for editors

Gazprom Neft is involved in implementing two projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), at the Shakal and Garmian blocks. Gazprom Neft’s interest in the Shakal block is 80 percent (with the remaining interest being held by the Government of the KRI), and 40 percent in the Garmian block (with the Government of the KRI holding 20 percent, and Canada’s WesternZagros 40 percent). Gazprom Neft has been Operator on the Garmian project since February 2016.

First oil was obtained at the Garmian block in 2011, with commercial oil shipments commencing in 2015 following the commissioning of the Sarqala-1 well. A second well was commissioned in 2018, and a third in early 2019.