Aged equipment and increased water
Most of Rumaila’s facilities and associated pipework are 40-50 years old. Financial constraints have curtailed ambitious plans for comprehensive field renewal, resulting in the need to continue to maintain these old facilities.
Planned water injection improves the production rate, but this means more water is coming up Rumaila’s wells, resulting in facilities now having to separate around 420,000 barrels of water a day from the oil produced. Rumaila has never seen this level of water in its 60-year history. This places even more strain on old facilities, not designed to cope with such volumes of water. Find out more how we are addressing this on our field renewal page
A demanding environment
In the summer months, temperatures rise to over 50°C and, in the winter flash flooding can make sites inaccessible. Throughout the year, high winds can prevent rigs from drilling while sandstorms can bring operations to a halt.
These are conditions that staff members regularly endure, but these difficulties are also compounded by a legacy of environmental damage as well as war and conflict – with the land strewn with hundreds of thousands of unexploded ordnance (UXO). More information about how Rumaila is working to clean the environment of past legacy issue and UXO can be found on this page