Second-phase work starts on Halfaya field

A group led by PetroChina Co. Ltd. has begun work on the second phase of development of giant Halfaya oil field in Iraq, reports PetroChina parent China National Petroleum Corp.

The first phase, which started up in June 2012, is producing 100,000 b/d of crude oil and 2.6 million cu m/day of natural gas (OGJ Online, June 27, 2012).

The second phase includes the drilling of 60 wells, laying of a 272-km trunk pipeline, and construction of a 5 million tonne/year crude processing center. The project, to be operational in the second quarter of 2014, will add 200,000 b/d of production.

Total production is to reach 600,000 b/d when the third phase is complete at the end of 2016, CNPC said.

PetroChina’s partners are Total E&P Iraq, Petronas Carigali, and South Oil Co.

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