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October is Busiest Month Yet for Rumaila Operations

Basra, November 4th 2010. October saw the highest levels of activity on the Rumaila oilfield in southern Iraq since the Technical Service Agreement was signed in 2009 and BP was appointed Lead Contractor. Activity has focused on improving oil production from existing wells, bringing new wells on stream and ensuring flowlines and other field infrastructure is tied-in to support increased production.

In October, a total of 20 drilling rigs were working on the field, including those operated under new contracts by Daqing, Weatherford and a consortium of Schlumberger and IDC. Seven of these were drilling into the main pay of the reservoir and 13 were workover rigs, installing electrical submersible pumps (ESPs).

Some 1400 Iraqis and 300 expatriate staff were working on this drilling programme alone, in addition to a total of 4000 staff in the Rumaila Operating Organisation. Training courses have been run by Baker Hughes, Al Khorayef and Jinan in Iraq on ESP installation, and some 20 Iraqis are currently undertaking an industry-accredited advanced well control course in Turkey as part of the Weatherford contract.

Current production from the field is around one million barrels of oil a day. Activity is focused on meeting the improved production target as specified in the TSC.

'We are setting an extraordinary pace,' said Rumaila General Manager Salah Mohammed. 'Not only are we increasing production but we are also building a great new team, introducing better reporting of safety and environmental incidents, and taking actions to begin to improve safety in particular. Around 4000 Iraqis have been working for the Rumaila Operating Organisation since July and we are transferring financial, contracting and other processes from SOC to ROO.

'It is a great tribute to everyone working on this project that we have been able to accomplish so much so quickly.'

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