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09 October 2017
Rumaila production up 400mbd in 7 years
On the seventh anniversary of its establishment, the Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO) has announced that it has delivered a 36% rise in oil production since June 2010, with average production up from 1.066 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1.452 million bpd by July 2017.
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The ROO unincorporated joint venture comprises the Basra Oil Company (BOC), BP, PetroChina and the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO), and is responsible for maximizing oil production from Iraq’s biggest oilfield. Over the seven years, ROO has delivered over three billion barrels of oil for Iraq.

Driving the operation’s performance has been ROO’s focus on adding more wells to reinvigorate the field. Rumaila today has 595 performing wells – more than twice the 276 wells capable of performing in 2010. Oil from previously ceased wells reactivated by ROO, combined with 260 new wells drilled by the operation, now provide around 68% of Rumaila’s oil.

The increase in production can also be attributed to the operation’s concerted programme to modernize the field’s equipment, facilities and working practices, with substantial investment made in introducing new technologies and training for many of the 6,500 Iraqi staff.

From the outset, ROO has been committed to developing and looking after the safety of its people. Over 2.5 million hours of training has been delivered to date, of which more than 500,000 hours has been dedicated to safety, ROO’s number one priority. As well as instilling new safety rules, regulations, ‘Control of Work’ permits and working processes, the operation has introduced world-class 24-hour staff medical care with a fleet of new ambulances and built four new fully-equipped clinics. Additionally, 143km² of land has been cleared of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

A key focus of the operation has been to build a digital oilfield. Where once Rumaila relied on paper records, cutting edge technologies now provide comprehensive understanding of Rumaila's complex reservoirs. 480 wells are now constantly observed in real-time from the operation’s headquarters; this helps to improve performance by enabling staff to quickly respond to situations, to make well interventions and to bring wells back online. This also reduces the need for staff to make site visits across the 1,600km² site, increasing productivity and lowering costs. In addition, the operation uses the latest software and hardware to enhance daily workflow, while a high-speed telecommunications network provides field-wide connectivity.

Reflecting on ROO’s seven-year anniversary, ROO General Manager Ariel Flores said: "Everyone at Rumaila recognises the operation has been on an incredible and frequently challenging journey. Our success cannot be attributed to one single reason, but behind everything we have accomplished has been the ‘one team’ work ethos of BOC, BP and PetroChina working together. Be it through sweating in the heat of the desert, or working long into the night crunching numbers and data, our achievements have involved a tremendous amount of commitment, ingenuity and hard work. So, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank every individual at Rumaila for his or her effort."

Fan Jianping, Special Deputy General Manager, concluded: "The ROO partnership has shown what can be achieved when the expertise, skills and abilities of the three partners come together. A great amount has been achieved in a relatively short timeframe. We look forward to more success in the years to come."

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05 June 2017
Efficiency drive boosts Rumaila production to record level
Production from the Rumaila oilfield has reached its highest level since 1989, with an average measured production rate of 1.411 million barrels a day recorded during 2016. This is 5.8% higher than in the previous year, according to the 2016 Annual Report submitted by Basra Oil Company (BOC) to the Government. The Rumaila oilfield is operated by the Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO), a joint venture composed of BP, BOC, PetroChina and SOMO.
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Key to production growth in the face of lower operating budgets requested by the Ministry of Oil, due to the continuing low oil price, has been the drive to improve efficiency across all operations and departments. A strong focus on water injection, new well delivery, workover efficiency and enhancements to processing facilities has made a material difference to production.

Water injection in North Rumaila reached a daily average of 729,000 barrels, an 8% increase over 2015 and the highest rate in 15 years. This vast water injection programme has been undertaken in the northern section of the field to maximise production from low-pressure reservoirs. As a result, production from North Rumaila has more than doubled since ROO’s inception in 2010.

A total of 25 new wells were drilled in 2016, with marked improvements in drilling time. Twenty-three wells were brought online and the time taken to put wells on production fell by 46% over 12 months. Optimisation work was carried out on 117 existing wells to improve performance and proved very effective. Rumaila now has around 1.8 million barrels of production fluids (oil, gas and water) entering its degassing stations – the highest volume of fluids in 37 years. Meeting this challenge has involved the continuation of a major refurbishment programme carried out across ROO’s 14 degassing stations, including the upgrading and installation of major processing and storage equipment.

Commenting on 2016 performance ROO General Manager Ariel Flores stated: "This has been another challenging year in terms of the oil price environment and lower operating budget that we have to work with. The first part of the year was spent adjusting to this new reality and getting things in place to apply a laser sharp focus on efficiency and trying to do more with less.

"Thanks to the dedication and skill of our workforce, the second six months of the year saw momentum pick up and the results of our efficiency drive bore fruit. We are now handling record amounts of fluids throughout the field and output of oil is at its highest level in 27 years. The foundation to our success is our ability to operate safely with robust operating discipline. As a result, I am pleased to report that we are becoming a safer operation, with days away from work cases falling 58% and an 80% reduction in severe vehicle accidents."

Fan Jianping, Special Deputy General Manager, concluded: "These results again prove the benefit of working together as one team, bringing all the expertise, skills and abilities of colleagues from SOC, BP and PetroChina."

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27 March 2017
Rumaila supports local communities with water, training and health initiatives
The Rumaila Social Welfare Fund has delivered numerous projects in 2016 to benefit local communities that live close to the Rumaila oilfield. These projects include: piping water to over 7,000 people; training women in new skills at the dedicated community centre (400 to date); opening the new Al-Khora Community Health Clinic and building two all-weather football pitches.
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The Rumaila Social Welfare Fund is dedicated to addressing the most pressing needs of residents living in and around Rumaila, and is administered by the Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO), which manages the oilfield. All projects are initiated by working closely with the Rumaila Community Committee, which comprises Sheikhs and representatives from SOC, ROO, the Basra Provincial Council, the Governor Office and the local Council. Several projects have been delivered to date, with additional work planned for the future.

Rumaila General Manager, Ariel Flores, said: "Rumaila plays a vital part in the lives of so many people in the region, providing jobs and contracts with local firms, as well as considerable revenue to Iraq. We recognise we have a role to support the communities where we operate. Over the past year, ROO has worked with our friends in the local communities to understand the issues that concern them, and to help in the best way we can."

Delivering water to the village of Al Khora entailed working with the Directorate of Water to construct a new water pumping station at the Al-Badaa canal and a 2.5km pipeline to feed the existing water treatment plant. Major upgrades were then conducted to increase the capacity and efficiency of the water treatment plant alongside the installation of a new water distribution pipe network within the community.

The village now enjoys cleaner piped water, a vast improvement on the highly unsuitable saline water from one of the Shat Al-Arab canals. In response to this initiative, the Rumaila Community Committee issued a statement saying: "Our community has suffered for many years from a lack of quality water and this will undoubtedly boost our standards of living and health. On behalf of all residents, we thank ROO for their dedication to see this project through."

The Al-Khora Community Centre for Women, which was established in 2015 by the Rumaila SWF, was refurbished and expanded in 2016 to include a kindergarten, which currently offers childcare to over 70 pre-school aged children and extra tuition classes to 13 children, ensuring that women can attend classes safe in the knowledge that their children are well looked-after. To date, over 400 local women have received training in a range of trade-specific courses such as sewing, design, hairdressing, beauty, and craftworks, as well as lessons in literacy, computer usage, and human rights. The handicrafts produced by the women are now sold in the local bazaar and at a shop located inside the oilfield.

The Community Centre for Women Director remarked: "We have many examples of successful case studies of people we have helped to develop new skills. One example was a trainee who learnt to sew and graduated quickly from the first class to the second, working very hard by sewing beautiful clothes and toys. The centre has now decided to adopt her brilliant ideas and we have hired her as a trainer. This centre is making a real difference to the lives of people like this woman."

Other Rumaila Social Welfare Fund projects in 2016 include the new Al Khora Community Clinic which provides healthcare to a wider community of around 10,000 people and opened in September and has already seen an average of 186 visits per week. A health outreach initiative was also launched to visit residents in their homes as required. This scheme sits alongside the Rumaila Women’s Health Volunteer programme, which typically sees around 400 home visits a month conducted by a network of 20 volunteers to educate families about health issues.

In addition, the Rumaila and Al Sikak villages in North Rumaila have benefited from various infrastructure projects, such as upgrading schools, roads, parks as well as a regular refuse collection service. Two state-of-the-art football pitches and sporting facilities have also been constructed to serve the communities, with coaching sessions provided by professional football coach, Sadiq Alwohali, founder of Football for Change Iraq, with the hope of training the next generation of Iraqi football players.

Ali Shadad, Basra Provincial Council Member and Head of the Oil & Gas Committee, added: "Today, we are seeing that the collective work between SOC, ROO, local authorities and the Rumaila Community Committee is delivering great benefits to the residents of these communities. I would like to thank all those who were involved and worked hard to make sure these projects became a reality."

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14 August 2016
New Health Centre opens for Al Khora village
The community at Al Khora is set to benefit from a brand new health centre, which was officially opened today. The building and equipping of the centre was funded by the Rumaila Social Welfare Fund – a contributory fund set up by the Minister of Oil in 2013.
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The new centre provides a comprehensive range of medical services to the local communities and is staffed by Iraqi healthcare workers sourced by the Directorate of Health. The centre has a potential catchment area of up to 7,000 people and services offered include preventative healthcare (such as mother and child vaccinations and school health provision); therapeutic services (such as treatment of acute respiratory infection and treatment of non-communicable diseases); and general health education for the population.

The centre is part of the commitment made by ROO and the Rumaila Community Committee to help improve the quality of community amenities to the residents of Al Khora. It follows the building of a 4-km road in 2015 and ongoing work to provide water piped to Al Khora.

Work on the project began with a feasibility study in the Spring of 2015, with construction beginning in October. The Directorate of Health was closely involved in the process, to ensure that the correct medical equipment was specified and that the centre met all requirements prior to opening. Community leaders and sheikhs helped in the identification and transfer of ownership of a suitable site; also consulted at various stages during the process by the supervisory Rumaila Community Committee, which comprises representatives of the Basra local government – including both the Provincial Council and the Governor Office – SOC, sheikhs and members of the local Council.

Construction was carried out by a local contractor, employing up to 30 local labourers and tradesmen using local resources, including general building supplies and heavy plant equipment, where possible. The project was delivered on time, despite challenges caused by heavy rain, which delayed progress at times. Twenty Women’s Health Volunteers were recruited and trained as part of the project, raising awareness of the centre and providing healthcare education during several hundred door-to-door visits. Mr. Bassim Abdul Kareem, Chairman of the ROO Joint Management Committee, commented: “We are delighted that the Rumaila Social Welfare Fund has been able to deliver this project which will provide such benefit to the people living near to our oilfield.” The Rumaila General Manager from BP, Ariel Flores, commented: “This is another step in our ongoing support programme for local communities. We are proud to have delivered the new medical centre to benefit local people, following on from previous investments in the area.”

Director General of Basra Directorate of Health, Dr. Ryadh Abdul Ameer, said: “This health centre was built and equipped according to Ministry of Health standards and will provide preventative healthcare and therapeutic services to local people who are in desperate need for them. It will provide a real boost by improving the overall health of the local residents of Al Khora community. I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to all those who were involved in accomplishing this great achievement; specifically the Rumaila Operating Organization and the Rumaila Community Committee.”

The Rumaila Community Committee issued a statement saying: “The opening of this new medical centre is a positive step towards improving health and living standards in the area. On behalf of everybody within the community, we thank all members of the Community Committee, SOC, ROO and all the partners for making this happen.”

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27 May 2016
Rumaila land-cleaning operation recovers 1.5 million barrels of oil
The Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO), which is responsible for operating the South Oil Company’s (SOC) Rumaila oilfield, has recovered over 1.5 million barrels of oil from the field’s largest degassing station oil and water disposal site, as part of its environmental remediation programme.
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Actively managing the Rumaila oilfield’s environmental impact has been a priority for the Ministry of Oil and SOC since the establishment of ROO in 2010. Since then, the field has undergone several projects to remediate historically contaminated land and restore its use. To date, 1.1 million m² of land has been remediated across Rumaila – a combined area the size of 150 football pitches.

Rumaila’s most significant environmental accomplishment has been the remediation of the field’s largest and deepest oil and water disposal site, the ‘Russian Pool’, a nickname from the 1970s when Russian engineers working at Rumaila used the location as a swimming pool, before it was turned into an oil disposal site.

Water and oil disposal sites are common in many oilfields in Southern Iraq, which are evaporation areas for produced water. Produced Water is water that is separated from oil and gas when the reservoir fluids are processed at the Degassing Stations. The discharged produced water can contain some carry-over oil, and over time, the residual oil can accumulate in the water and oil disposal sites.

Measuring 70,000m² and 3.5 metres deep, the Russian Pool was remediated with the latest technology and industry expertise from Rumaila’s lead partner, BP, and delivered by local contractors. The process began with the installation of two new produced water evaporation ponds, lined with high density polyethylene. Specialized oil skimmers removed the oil before large water pumps extracted 80,000m³ of produced water; excavation work then removed over 155,000m³ of contaminated soil and oil sludge which was then moved for treatment at a waste storage site. In total, 225,000m³ of oil was recovered for export and delivered to SOC – the equivalent to 1.58 million barrels of oil.

Mr. Bassim Abdul-Kareem Chairman of ROO Joint Management Committee commented: “This commitment to the environment is a contractual obligation that was agreed with the ROO partners in the Technical Service Contact. It is important that we use international expertise to advance our oilfields and this includes techniques for improving the environment. We are very pleased to see such progress made in cleaning the Rumaila field.”

The Rumaila General Manager, BP’s Marc Hornbrook, said: “Since the establishment of ROO, ensuring a safe working environment has been our no1 priority. A big part of that commitment includes working with SOC, to treat the legacy issues of the past: it is an important part of our work to transform Rumaila into a world-class operation.”

Deputy General Manager, SOC’s Hassan Mohammed, added: “Despite the challenging conditions we face, we remain committed to safe operations at Rumaila. This project is just one of many that are under way to deliver this objective. We believe that cleaning the ‘Russian Pool’ is one of the largest remediation efforts undertaken across the Middle East in recent years. Our thanks go to everybody involved in delivering this fantastic achievement.”

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15 November 2015
Construction begins for new Rumaila electricity plant to supply power into the grid
Construction work has begun on a new electricity power plant at the Rumaila oilfield, which is scheduled to become operational in 2017.
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Powered by gas captured from the field’s own hydrocarbon reserves, the plant will feed power into the electrical grid. Its capacity is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 23,000 typical Basrawi homes. The new plant is part of a process to help balance Rumaila’s power requirements with the production of electricity using the field’s own resources.

A two-year process of planning and sourcing the best and most cost-effective solution culminated in approval by the Iraqi Council of Ministers in August 2014. Since then, design work has been completed on the project’s blueprint. At the same time, component parts were sourced, including five gas turbines manufactured by General Electric (GE) at their plant in Italy. On 22 September 2015, early construction work began on site to develop the plant’s foundations.

The power plant will help support the Rumaila Operating Organization’s (ROO) work of drilling and producing oil from the field’s reserves. Rumaila continues to be Iraq’s largest source of state revenue and has increased production over the past five years to 1.35 million barrels of oil per day. The super-giant oilfield employs over 7,000 largely Iraqi personnel working in over 30 facilities over 1,600km², with 22,000 people involved in the wider supply-chain.

The plant will generate up to 235,000kW per day at peak efficiency during the colder winter months and a minimum of 150,000kW in the summer, when the high temperatures affect the efficiency of the gas turbines.

The Rumaila Operating Organization (ROO), which is a joint venture formed in June 2010 between SOC, BP, PetroChina and the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO), is the operator of the Rumaila oilfield.

Rumaila General Manager, SOC’s Basim Jaleel Mohammed, said: “The Rumaila power plant has been designed to ensure it will be a reliable and world-class facility. A lot of hard work went into assessing the best solution that would meet Rumaila’s specific requirements – technology which has been tested and proven in other complex operations around the world. This is another example of the value of working in partnership with international oil companies to bring in the required expertise and advanced technologies required to help rebuild and transform Rumaila.”

Rumaila Deputy General Manager, BP’s Marc Hornbrook said: “We are delighted that the foundations of the new power plant are now being laid; it marks another important milestone in our mission to make Rumaila a modern operation with a long-term sustainable future.”

Rumaila Special Deputy Manager, PetroChina’s Wang Guihai added: “It is excellent news that Rumaila can help provide additional support to the region in the form of electricity generation, especially by using gas from two degassing stations to do so.”

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12 August 2015
Rumaila Operating Organization celebrates five successful years of partnership
The Rumaila Operating Organization (ROO) has celebrated its fifth anniversary of managing the development of the Rumaila oilfield.
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Since then, the operation has increased oil production by over a third. Over 2.1 billion barrels have been produced in the period, generating some two hundred billion dollars for the State. This has been achieved by training the largely Iraqi workforce, introducing new technologies and renovating the field’s facilities. The ROO is the operator of the Rumaila oilfield on behalf of the Southern Oil Company (SOC) and is a joint venture between BP, PetroChina and the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO).

The local workforce is seconded from SOC, and since ROO’s formation over 1.9 million hours of training has been undertaken across all departments, including Wells, Subsurface, Operations, Finance, Procurement and HR. Alongside Leadership, English language and IT training, these courses range from showing new ways of studying the field’s geology to demonstrating how to operate within international financial regulations. This training is in place to develop the next generation of Iraqi managers and is accomplished via a comprehensive training curriculum called the Rumaila Academy, delivered both within classrooms at its dedicated facility and out in the field.

The field’s workforce now operates in an environment with international standards of health and safety and improved living conditions. All twelve degassing stations and facilities are being renovated, repaired and refurbished to maintain process integrity, operability and reliability; horizontal drilling is being introduced; 200 new wells have been drilled and 144 electrical submersible pumps have been deployed to boost production.

Rumaila has also introduced new technology as it continues to build a digital oilfield. This has so far included building an internet protocol backbone to provide remote access to data out in the field; capturing digital real-time information and transmitting well readings to headquarters of how the reservoirs are behaving, and 3D seismic mapping of the subsurface that provide new understanding of Rumaila’s geology.

Rumaila General Manager, Basim Jaleel Mohammed, said: “Rumaila’s success is largely thanks to the commitment, determination and hard work of everybody involved with the operation: the 6,800 Iraqi staff and our international colleagues from around the world working as One Team, to deliver the revenues that our country so very much needs.”

Rumaila Deputy General Manager, BP’s Marc Hornbrook, said: “Rumaila is a tangible example of how international oil companies can support state-owned operations by working collaboratively. With current production levels averaging around 1.37 million barrels a day – from just around a million five years ago – this is evidence that the partnership is working and continues to operate in service to the Iraqi people.”

Special Deputy General Manager, PetroChina’s Wang Guihai, also added: “PetroChina is pleased to be a part of this operation and is proud of the accomplishments of the partnership.”

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