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Gazprom Neft links Iraqi oil pipeline to Badra field

06th March 2014

The new infrastructure can transfer raw materials from Badra with the capacity to transport 204,000 barrels per day, which is around 10 million tonnes per year

The Badra-Gharraf pipeline has two “underwater transits,” with one that crosses the Tigris river, and passes over dozens of canals and irrigation systems

Gazprom Neft has concluded laying, testing and connecting a 165 km oil pipeline from the Badra field, which the company operates in Iraq, to the Gharraf oilfield.  Because the pipeline’s infrastructure is already in place at Gharraf, its completion from Badra means that the field is now connected to the main Iraqi pipeline system.

The new infrastructure can transfer raw materials from Badra with the capacity to transport 204,000 barrels per day, around 10 million tonnes per year, and can now provide oil to the export terminal at the city of Basra.

The Badra-Gharraf pipeline has two “underwater transits,” with one that crosses the Tigris river, and passes over dozens of canals and irrigation systems. It also has a system that detects leaks and shuts off damaged sections along with a power supply system that operates on solar cells, which will function along the full length of the pipeline. The automated system ensures the continuous monitoring of the oil transit as well as the real-time management of the pipeline from the Badra field.  

Work is continuing at the site to build the infrastructure that is necessary to start production, which is planned for the first half of 2014. The construction of a central gathering station (CGS), which has a capacity of 170,000 barrels per day is currently taking place. A complex gas treatment plant (UKPG) is also undergoing construction with the capacity to handle some 1.5 billion cubic metres per year.

The Badra oil field is in the Wasit Province in Eastern Iraq. The geologic reserves at the Badra field, based on initial estimates, amount to 3 billion barrels of oil.

 

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