The Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO) has met a major milestone in the re-development of the super-giant Rumaila field in Southern Iraq by increasing production by more than 10 percent above the 1.066 million barrels a day (b/d) initial production rate agreed in December 2009.
Meeting this production target, and the approval of the Rumaila rehabilitation plan last year, represents the achievement of two significant contractual requirements of the technical services agreement (TSA) signed between BP (NYSE:BP), PetroChina (NYSE:PTR), the Oil Marketing Company of Iraq (SOMO) and the South Oil Company in November 2009.
The pace of activity on Rumaila has built steadily over the past year. A total of 20 new rigs are now mobilized in the field. Over the course of the year, a total of 41 wells have been drilled, 103 workovers completed and 122 kilometers of flowlines laid. Some 10,000 people are currently working on Rumaila, over double the number at the beginning of 2010.
"This is an exciting milestone in the history of Rumaila and is a demonstration of what we can achieve by working in partnership with SOC, BP, PetroChina, and the dedication of our contractors. It is testimony to the efforts of the thousands of people who are working on Rumaila - not just that we have increased production but that we are doing so sustainably and with due regard to safety," said Rumaila Joint General Manager Salah Mohammed.
After the establishment of the ROO 4,000 staff transferred from the South Oil Company with more than 100 from the lead contractor BP, and from PetroChina. The first phase of a major new headquarters and accommodation complex in south Rumaila has been completed; remnants of war have been cleared from rights of way, well sites and other areas of the field; and an environmental baseline survey has been completed.
"Increasing production at Rumaila, the world's fourth largest oil field, has been a massive undertaking,” said BP’s Chief Executive Bob Dudley. "All parties including BP, Petrochina, SOMO and South Oil Company should be very proud of their achievements. We look forward to working with our partners to make Rumaila the world's second largest oil field. This is important, for Iraq, for BP and for global energy supplies.”