A member of the workforce in blue coveralls and PPE standing with his arms crossed in front of a drilling rig at the oilfield

An Iraqi operation supported by international experts

Under a Technical Service Contract (TSC), the Basra Oil Company (BOC) and the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) along with contractors, BP and PetroChina have come to work together as one team bringing a range of different expertise and skills to modernize this supergiant oilfield.

The TSC provides a strong foundation for the continued progress of Rumaila over the next 20 years (until 2035). The ROO partnership is a good example of how NOCs (National Oil Companies) can work alongside IOCs (International Oil Companies), retaining control and re-building capability within country to sustain their oil industry's success for future generations.

The Iraq national flag flying alongside flags of Rumaila and its partners BP, BOC and PetroChina
Rumaila is an Iraqi operation, with 6,800 members of the workforce seconded from BOC (previously known as SOC) and local personnel recruited via agencies.

Day-to-day operations

At the heart of the ROO partnership is a commitment to share knowledge, act responsibly and build the skills capability of the workforce – achieved through a commitment to people development, transfer of modern oil industry best practice, training and on-the-job mentoring.
Six men sitting at desks receiving training on computers

Rumaila is a complex operation with 12 integrated departments, and a multitude of job roles, ranging from geological scientists to drilling engineers, procurement experts and medical practitioners. Each department has representatives from BOC, BP and PetroChina, to bring the wealth of skills and experience from across the partners into play.

Rumaila is overwhelmingly an Iraqi operation, with 6,800 members of the workforce seconded from BOC and local personnel recruited via agencies. International staff from around the world make up around 7% of the workforce and ensure Rumaila benefits from expertise gained at other oilfields – additional support is also provided by BP offices in locations across the world.

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