Gazprom Neft has completed laying, testing and connecting a 165km oil pipeline from the Badra field, which the company operates in Iraq, to the Gharraf oilfield in Nasiriyah district, Iraq. With infrastructure already in place at Gharraf, completion of the pipeline from Badra means that the field is now connected to the main Iraqi pipeline system.
The new infrastructure for transporting raw materials from Badra has the capacity to transport 204,000 barrels per day, around 10Mt per year, and can now supply oil to the export terminal at the city of Basra.
The Badra-Gharraf pipeline has two underwater transits, including one crossing the river Tigris, and passes over dozens of canals and irrigation systems. For increased operating security, a system to detect leaks and shut off damaged sections and a power supply system running on solar cells will work along the entire length of the pipeline. Automated systems ensure constant monitoring of the oil transit and real-time management of the pipeline from the Badra field. Gazprom Neft has successfully completed hydrodynamic testing of all sections of the pipeline and the system has been checked for robustness and integrity.