Royal Dutch Shell announced on Tuesday it is seeking to increase gas in Iraq to 1.4 billion cubic feet per day by 2020. “The company is fully committed to its joint gas project in Iraq,” a senior Royal Dutch Shell executive told Reuters. “It plans to increase its gas production there to 1.4 billion cubic feet per day by 2020.”
Basrah Gas Company was established to invest the associated gas through the Ministry of Oil contract with Dutch Shell Company 44% and Mitsubishi Japan 5% worth $ 17 billion from three oil fields namely Rumaila, Zubair and West Qurna.
The project aims to collect gas from the fields in the south of the country, including the West Qurna-1 field operated by ExxonMobil, the Zubair field run by Eni of Italy and the Rumaila field developed by BP.
“Gas production from the joint venture, the main fuel producer in southern Iraq, now stands at 938 million standard cubic feet per day with plans for further expansion,” said Fritz Kallab, director general of Basra gas.
“Since 2013 (when the operation started), we have increased the processing capacity more than three times,” Kellab said