A group of employees in blue coveralls and PPE work on a construction site at the oilfield

A field-wide refurbishment programme

Over $12bn has so far been invested in the process of transforming every aspect of the Rumaila operation. Many facilities are over 50-years old, but a modernization, repair and refurbishment programme is improving efficiency, as we bring this field up to world-class standard.

Field facilities

Our cluster pump stations, associated pipeline network and the water treatment plant at the village of Qarmat Ali are all being upgraded, to support water injection projects that address dwindling pressure levels in our now mature reservoirs.

Fourteen degassing stations are being upgraded as part of a multi-year programme to restore process integrity, operability and reliability. New vessels are being introduced to improve hydrocarbon separation to enhance oil quality and new storage tanks have been built to help store oil when exports pauses are requested by the Ministry, enabling the operation to continue to function for longer.

Perhaps most importantly has been the introduction of new vessels and equipment to tackle the increasing challenge of more produced water entering degassing stations. Rumaila now treats 1.8 million barrels per day of produced fluids (oil and water) – of which around 420,000 barrels of water must be separated and disposed of. The introduction of new dehydrators and desalters, free water knock-out and produced water disposal units are key to the operation’s response to this unprecedented challenge in the field’s history.

Our field renovations are enabling facilities from the 1970s to continue to treat production fluids – oil, gas and water – at levels never previously seen in the field’s history.
A large desalter vessel is driven along sandy Iraq roads on the back of a lorry

Dehydrator and Desalter (D&D)

Two vessels arrive at the Qurainat Degassing Station

A group of men in blue coveralls and PPE install new desalter and degassing (D&Ds) vessel with the help of a crane

Dehydrator and Desalter (D&D)

Vessels installation following extensive preparatory work at the facility

Two large beige construction containers side-by-side at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant

Water Treatment Plant

Qarmat Ali

Supporting infrastructure

A square kilometre of land has been transformed into a secure headquarters at South Rumaila, with modern office space for 1,000 staff; while in the north, the purpose-built Rumaila Supply Base is the size of 24 football pitches. Located nearby is the Rumaila Academy, which offers e-learning rooms, multipurpose classrooms and a specially designated driving safety suite.

Rumaila also has world-class medical facilities in four locations across the field, including a dedicated occupational health centre. Read more about our field-wide, 24-hour emergency ambulance coverage here.

A new power station

In addition, a newly constructed electricity power plant became fully operational at the Rumaila oilfield in March 2018. Fuelled by gas captured from the field’s own hydrocarbon reserves, the plant helps to make Rumaila self-sustainable and frees capacity for the national grid. Read more here.

Construction work taking place on a new electricity power plant near the oilfield
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