Start producing oil from the field in Maysan Halfaya
On: Sat 31/12/2011 6:13

□ Baghdad / agencies
The oil ministry revealed the start of oil production in one of the southern fields developed by foreign companies in the first round of licensing, and gave the Oil Ministry for the Environment than that for six months to eliminate the use of lead in gasoline and treatment for his contribution to environmental pollution.

The Ministry of Oil to begin production of 2000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Halfaya field in Maysan province after it was introduced for the development of three oil companies in the second licensing round, as pointed out that companies will produce 535 thousand barrels per day in 2016.

The media source familiar with from the ministry for "Alsumaria News", the "coalition of oil companies that are developing field Halfaya able to produce 2000 barrels per day from one of the oil wells in the field," noting that "this production comes from out of ten oil wells have been drilled before," .

"The companies will produce crude from the remaining wells during the next half of next year 2012 for access to the production of 70 thousand barrels per day," adding that "it will produce 535 thousand barrels per day in 2016 and peak production of 13 years."

The Ministry of Oil had been signed in January of 2010, final contract with a consortium of three international oil companies, made up of CNBC China 50% and Malaysia's Petronas 25%, France's Total 25% after they win a contract to develop the field Halfaya oil in the province of Maysan after have their bids dollar and 40 cents for each barrel of product.

The director of the company's oil center on the Qubool Bahadli said in January of 2010 for "Alsumaria News" "The production capacity of oil fields in Maysan does not exceed 100 thousand barrels per day, a very few compared to the number of producing fields in the province, which includes the fields Bazerkan and loose change, and Abu-west and Halfaya field, architecture and light, while "fields are discovered and developed in the province, including fields and Kumait Dujail and Rifai, and a field Hovaiza border."

Iraq has signed, during the last year, 2010, contracts with several international companies to develop some oil fields in the two rounds of licensing the first and second, to reach a production of at least 11 million barrels per day within the next six years, and 12 million barrels per day after the addition of the quantities of other fields of national effort, and focused most of those contracts in the fields of the South.

The Oil Ministry announced at the end of December 2008 for the start of competition for the licenses of ten Iraqi fields out of 78 fields, and included fields, Majnoon and West Qurna and Siba in Basra province, and Halfaya field in Maysan province, and the field of Gharraf in Dhi Qar, and the field has ensured and Morgan in the Middle Euphrates, and the field east of Baghdad, Qayara and field star in Mosul, and Badra field in Wasit province, and the fields in the eastern province of Diyala.

To that granted the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Oil was given six months to end the use of lead poison in the treatment of gasoline, while confirmed that the percentage of lead in air, "to worry", I expected the arrival rate in the air to the standards are dangerous in the past two or three the next.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment, Hussein Kamal Latif's "Twilight News", "The oil ministry asked for another chance to mid-2013 to end the use of lead in the treatment of fuel, but the Ministry of Environment has not agreed to this deadline."

He added a nice "The Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Oil was awarded six months for use in the treatment of Isomerization and gasoline instead of lead is supposed to end the period mid-2012."

He continued to spectrum "It's worrying now and if it continues to be the case we will reach the standards for lead in the air dangerous to the lives of citizens, especially with the presence of many cars in the country", believing that "the bullets in the air during the two or three will be about hazardous to health and the environment."

The Ministry of the Environment has expressed earlier about the great concern of the high lead levels in the atmosphere of Iraq to more than ten times the normal limit of the decision, and demanded the Ministry of oil using a substitute him for the production of gasoline enhanced because it is the main reason for the high proportion of lead in the air, warning that this ratio will be a real threat during the next three years to public health.

The Oil Ministry earlier expressed willingness to cooperate with all agencies to verify the effects caused by material Othilat fourth lead used to improve the benzene.

In the meantime, a source in the North Oil Company stopped pumping oil from the northern Kirkuk oilfields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, due to lack of inventory in the export terminals and a reduction in the number of production from the fields of Kirkuk.

The source said "Alsumaria News", "the process of pumping oil from the Kirkuk oilfields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan stopped, yesterday evening, due to lack of oil stocks," noting that "stopped pumping oil preceded by lower exports to about 350 barrels per day after that was between 500 to 550 thousand barrels a day. "

The source, who requested anonymity, "that" there are technical reasons not yet determined the cause of lower oil production, "he says.

He continued that "the company is currently working to re-store the appropriate amounts of the pumping stations to re-export again," expected "resumption of exports during the coming hours."