Lukoil new discovery to start production by 2021

Lukoil’s massive new discovery in southern Iraq, part of the Russian firm’s sizable growth plans in the Middle Eastern country, will start production in 2021, the head of Iraq’s regional state-run oil company said.

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Aggressive exploration continues at Block 10, Dhi Qar Oil Company Director General Ali Warid said in a statement, following Lukoil’s announcement earlier this year that “recoverable reserves in excess of 2.5 billion barrels of crude” from the Eridu-1 well was the biggest find in Iraq in 20 years.

“The Chinese Bohai company has started to drill the 4th well in the 10th exploration block,” Warid said. “The drilling work comes along the same time of the 3D scan conducted by the Oil Exploration Company.”

He added: “I predict that the actual production of the field will start in 2021 according to the plans made by Lukoil in coordination with the Oil Ministry.”

Yaroslav Okulov, the chief financial officer of Lukoil Mid East, said at a conference in Istanbul that Eridu was a “very promising discovery” and appraisal work was ongoing.

“I believe that once we finish the appraisal, reserves will come to life, so it will bring additional capacity for oil production,” he said.

Lukoil is a significant foreign investor in Iraq’s oil sector. The West Qurna-2 field, signed in 2010, has reached 400,000 b/d capacity, with an additional 50,000 b/d to 100,000 b/d expected by the end of 2019.

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