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Degassing station from the air
April 2019


The Rumaila oilfield produced 1.467 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2018 – the oilfield’s highest annual rate of production for 30 years. 2018 also saw the milestone of four billion barrels of oil produced since the Rumaila Operating Organisation [ROO] began operating in June 2010. The results were reported in the 2018 Rumaila Annual Report, submitted by the Basra Oil Company (BOC) to the Iraq Ministry of Oil.
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In accordance with BOC’s objectives, Rumaila continued its journey to becoming a more advanced oilfield in 2018. New infrastructure played an important part in the year’s success, with three major projects completed that help Rumaila’s capacity to produce its current high production rates, as well as contribute to securing the field’s long-term future. The new Rumaila Power Plant began operating, providing 150,000kW of electricity to the Iraq National Grid and supporting Rumaila facilities; three new dehydrator and desalter production trains were commissioned – increasing production capacity by 124,000 bpd; and two degassing facilities installed new large-scale ‘free water knock out’ vessels that ensure oil quality remains high by stripping water from the hydrocarbons.

The introduction of new technologies continues to play a vital role in the field’s advancement. In 2018, this included: the further expansion of the ‘digital oilfield’ (with 2,000 digital sensors now providing instant data from wells, facilities and manifolds to guide production performance), the completion of a field-wide TETRA radio communications infrastructure, and new data analytics tools and frameworks that visualize, interpret and reveal meaningful insights to improve day to day working.

Underpinning the 2018 results has been the ongoing programme to drill new wells, optimize existing wells, and the injection of industrial-use water to restore pressure to reservoirs in the north of the field. Thanks to the water injection programme and its supporting operations, Rumaila has been able to produce oil from historically harder to access reservoirs: in 2018, the oil produced from the Mishrif reservoir was more than triple the amount of oil extracted from that reservoir in 2010 and generating results never previously achieved at the oilfield.

The 2018 Annual Report also highlighted:

  • 59 Iraqi contracted companies won 85 contracts worth $650 million
  • 220,181 training hours were delivered to Iraqi staff
  • 31 new wells were drilled
  • 23.5km2 of land was cleared of unexploded ordnance
  • 206,675m2 of land was remediated
  • $5 million spent on supporting Iraq’s oil and gas industry via the Rumaila Education Fund

Rumaila General Manager, Hussein Abdul-Kadhim Hussein, commented: “2018 was a remarkable 12 months in the 70-year history of this oilfield, as well as another exceptional year for the Rumaila Operating Organisation. The partnership goes from strength to strength: our success derives from the way BOC, BP and PetroChina continues to operate as one integrated team.”

BOC Director General, Ihsan Ismael, said: “On behalf of BOC, I’d like to thank every single BOC staff member who has ensured that Rumaila continues to deliver successful oil production for Iraq, as well as pay tribute to the support of our partners, BP and PetroChina.”

ROO Deputy General Manager, Julian O’Connell, said: “Rumaila is in service to Iraq. Our objective is to provide oil to support Iraq today, as well as create a legacy for the future. Our strategy and programme for field rejuvenation and training Iraqi personnel is helping us to achieve these twin goals and to overcome the multitude of challenges Rumaila faces.”

Rumaila Special Deputy General Manager, Fan Jianping, added: “We are very pleased to report another successful year at Rumaila. Equally important is the fact that we have achieved this within a safe working environment. We of course want to increase production, but we also want Rumaila to be the pride of Iraq, which can only be achieved by having safety as the number one priority.”

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05 December 2018


Recently opened Advanced Collaborative Environment facility allows real-time analysis of field production data
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In accordance with BOC’s objectives, Rumaila’s programme of modernization continues to deliver benefits with the opening of an Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE) at Rumaila headquarters, helping to optimize production in the first months since its completion.

As a further demonstration of Rumaila as a ‘digital oilfield’, the ACE features the latest technologies to visualize real-time information from across the field’s main operational facilities, helping teams work together to optimize production and identify and address issues immediately. It contains a fully collaborative visualization system with multiple large screens, an 84-inch multi-touch screen hub and a field-wide radio system, allowing immediate analysis of wells data, reservoir conditions and wider operational performance, 24 hours a day by Iraqi staff.

The ACE is part of a wider programme of modernization that has been underway for eight years and is designed to grow and sustain the oilfield. The transition to a digital oilfield is a key part of this. Where once Rumaila relied on paper records, the digital revolution has largely swept this away and extends to the field and all departments. This modern way ensures accurate, continuous and timely flow of information which secures proper data analysis essential for increasing production and reducing losses. Software applications and platforms have transformed the way Rumaila does business internally and with its external partners and suppliers. Real-time data is crucial to improving production efficiency and cutting-edge technologies have now been fitted in wells and degassing stations to provide this data to the teams. The digital oilfield is supported by an information technology infrastructure and a high-speed 'microwave' network that connects all facilities across an area of 1,600 square kilometres.

In terms of infrastructure and equipment, in the last year alone Rumaila witnessed a number of important developments, including: the installation of one of the most advanced production trains in Iraq; the delivery of 200-tonne dehydrator and desalter vessels and free water knock out units; and completion of construction of the field’s own electricity power plant. These complement earlier and ongoing upgrades to degassing stations, cluster pump stations and pipelines, all of which have helped to deliver production levels and quality at historic levels.

The modernization programme has also included the introduction of world-class processes and procedures. For example, with safety the top priority, ‘Control of Work’ operating systems and permits have been introduced for work processes to support the drive to provide safety standards comparable with other international oilfields. Over 100,000 permits have been issued in just two years as a result of this initiative.

ROO Joint Management Committee Chairman, Basim Taher Abed, said: “The introduction of new technologies and the adoption of new ways of working are critical components in delivering Rumaila’s long-term strategy for sustained and high oil production. The Rumaila Operating Organization has been introducing cutting edge technologies which led to a lower operating cost and then decreased cost per barrel.”

ROO General Manager, Hussein Abdul Khadim Hussein, said: “Our mission is to make Rumaila a truly world-class oilfield and this means providing our workforce with advanced modern equipment and technologies as well as the skills, capabilities and know-how so that they can do their job in accordance with international standards.”

ROO Deputy General Manager from BP, Julian O’Connell, added: “The modernization programme at Rumaila involves bringing the right technologies to the field to both enhance our people’s capability and drive our ability to deliver oil for Iraq. Witnessing the impact technologies have made in the way we work each day and dramatically raise production has been exciting for everybody working at Rumaila.”

The ROO unincorporated joint venture comprises BOC, BP, PetroChina and the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) and is responsible for maximizing oil production from Iraq’s biggest oilfield. Since its establishment, ROO has delivered over four billion barrels of oil for Iraq and increased its oil production almost 40% from 1.066 million barrels per day (bpd) in December 2009 to 1.477 million bpd (June 2018 YTD daily average).

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Rumaila workers standing talking at oilfield
02 July 2018

Rumaila production rises for eighth consecutive year as Iraqi contracts double in value [download PDF]

The 2017 Rumaila Annual Report submitted by the Basra Oil Company (BOC) to the Iraq Ministry of Oil highlights an eighth year of production growth under the stewardship of the Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO).
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Annual measured production for 2017 was 1.456 million barrels of oil (1,456 mbd), the highest since 1989 and 3.2% higher than in 2016. Among the highlights of the year were the 157 previously ceased wells brought back online; the continued water injection programme to boost production with 723,000 barrels of water injected, and the value of contracts won by Iraqi companies during the year was $810 million – almost double that of 2016.

Other key statistics from 2017 highlighted in the Annual Report are:
  • Workforce is 94% Iraqi
  • A 52% reduction over 2016 in recordable injury frequency
  • 650,000m2 of land remediated
  • ROO one-day record of oil production of 1,537mbd achieved
  • 2.5 million training hours delivered since 2011
  • 14.8km2 of land cleared of unexploded ordnance, up 77% on 2016
  • $15 million spent to date through Rumaila Education Fund

One of the main factors behind the increasing production rate is the unrelenting focus on modernizing the field’s facilities, processes and procedures. The Annual Report highlights the main developments in this regard during 2017 – most notably: installation and commissioning of a new advanced production train at Degassing Station 2; the construction of Rumaila’s own power plant; improving safety records, driven by improvement in Control of Work procedures and a focus on process safety; a continued reduction in the time taken to drill and complete wells; and the increased availability of real-time data from wells and degassing stations that allows for instant analysis and action.

Hussein Abdul-Kadhim Hussein, Rumaila General Manager, commented: “This has been another excellent year for Rumaila. Production is at record levels under ROO and we have met challenges with resolve and unity. That is good news for Rumaila and good news for Iraq.”

Rumaila Deputy General Manager, John Kurz, stated: “The continued focus on modernizing every aspect of the field is undoubtedly a key reason for the delivery of another successful year. Rumaila is being transformed into truly world-class field with the latest technologies, equipment and processes allowing us to optimize performance and maximise production.”

Fan Jianping, Special Deputy General Manager, added: “The ability of everyone in the field from BOC, PetroChina and BP to learn from one another and work together has been pivotal to our continued progress. Our thanks for this goes to every single member of our workforce, who have shown a great spirit of determination and the ability to work together as one team to achieve our goals.”

The ROO is an unincorporated joint venture between BOC, BP, PetroChina and the State Organisation for Marketing Oil (SOMO).

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Rumaila oilfield power plant completed
28 March 2018

Rumaila oilfield power plant completed [download PDF]

The Rumaila Power Plant (RPP) is now completed and fully operational. The plant was officially opened in a ceremony on 28th of March, attended by representatives from the Ministry of Oil, Basra Oil Company and the Rumaila Operating Organization (ROO).
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The RPP is the largest single-value investment to date made by the ROO, the unincorporated joint venture between BOC, BP and PetroChina which manages the field. The RPP uses gas captured from the field’s own reservoirs to power turbines that generate the electricity that will help make Rumaila become more energy self-sufficient.

Up to 235,000kW per day will be generated at peak efficiency during the winter months and a minimum of 150,000kW per day in the summer, when high temperatures affect turbine efficiency. The capacity generated is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 23,000 typical Basrawi homes.

Around 500 Iraqis were employed during construction – which was project-managed and delivered by China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC). The state-of-the-art plant comprises five main areas: a lead control room which will monitor plant operations; five gas turbine generators (GTGs) and accompanying control rooms; fuel gas compressors to distribute cleaned gas to the gas turbines; gas insulated switchgear where electricity generated by the GTGs is transformed and made ready for export via overhead transmission lines; and a warehouse for storing equipment, materials and supplies. Construction and ancillary work involved the removal of 40,000m3 of earth, the laying of 800km of cables and 22km of pipelines and a total of over five million hours of work, all delivered without any safety incidents.

Rumaila is responsible for the highest oil production of any field in Iraq. Power demands for running a vast and complex operation are considerable, which historically have been met from a combination of electricity from the national grid and diesel generators. The ROO identified the need to find a more sustainable solution to its electricity needs and plans were initiated to build a power plant that would use gas from the field’s reservoirs to provide this power.

ROO General Manager Hussein Abdul Khadim Hussein stated: “This is a significant moment in the history of Rumaila. We are delighted that Rumaila can play its part in generating the power that will support the oilfield’s energy needs for years to come as well as free up much-needed energy capacity for the national grid.”

ROO Deputy General Manager, Ariel Flores, said: “We are delighted to see this project successfully come to fruition. The Rumaila Power Plant is only part of the broader strategy to modernize the Rumaila oilfield and make it a world-class operation. 2018 has already seen a new train commissioned that adds 80,000 barrels per days to the field’s production capacity and we continue to install new vessels at our facilities to support future production. The field’s transformation is well under way.”

ROO Special Deputy General Manager, Fan Jianping, added: “We are very proud to see the completion of this prestigious project and we are delighted by what has been accomplished. The extra capacity that this gives us will be key to the future stability and prosperity of the region.”

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28 March 2018

Rumaila oilfield expands facility capacity to produce 80,000 more barrels a day for Iraq [download PDF]

The Rumaila Operating Organisation (ROO) is pleased to announce the start-up of a new production train at Degassing Station (DS-02) in North Rumaila. The production train will increase Rumaila’s oil processing capacity by 80,000 barrels per day.
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Production trains are engineering facilities that reside within the oilfield’s degassing stations; the mixture of oil, gas and water that has been extracted and piped from Rumaila’s reservoirs is separated and treated by these production trains. The new train (Train 2) is part of a broader strategy to install the additional production and water removal capacity required across Rumaila to grow and sustain the operation’s oil production, while maintaining its quality.

Train 2 is now one of the most advanced production trains in Iraq, incorporating modern electronic control systems and the very latest in dehydrators and desalters (D&D) dual frequency technology. A key feature of the new train’s design is the inclusion of three-phase separators, enabling oil, gas, and water separation, greatly increasing the water removal capacity of the new train compared to existing trains, which only have two-phase (oil and gas) separation vessels. Each of these new separators weighs 99 tons and measures 14 metres in length.

As the new train includes modern electronic control systems, this enables real-time data capture of all the train’s key operating parameters and allows staff to adjust and optimize the plant online. Other upgrades include improvements to the DS2 control room, increased export capacity, upgrades to the flow tank gas venting system, vents and produced water facilities, as well as associated utility upgrades.

The construction work scope included more than 771 piping valves, 20km of pipes and 38km of cables installed by Iraqi staff from the Construction Department and other supporting departments of ROO in addition to five Iraqi contractors, employing local staff. Construction was completed within 12 months, in a project that took just over 300,000 working hours and experienced no safety incidents.

ROO General Manager from Basra Oil Company Mr. Hussein Abdul Kadhum Hussein said: “The involvement of Iraqi national staff in delivering this project has improved their performance levels in line with oil industry best practice, making them more eligible for future participation in similar construction work and therefore economically more competitive.”

ROO Deputy General Manager Ariel Flores added: “This new production train is a significant investment and important step in our long-term strategy to modernise existing facilities; it will help to extend Rumaila’s ability to deliver high quality oil to support Iraq for many years to come. On behalf of the Rumaila management team, I’d like to thank everyone – Iraqi contractors and Basra Oil Company, BP and PetroChina staff – for the success of this project.”

Fan Jianping, ROO Special Deputy General Manager, concluded: “I am very happy to see the new train operating successfully and safely and I am very sure it will help us to deliver more oil from this extraordinary field and exceptional operation.”

The ROO unincorporated joint venture comprises BOC, BP, PetroChina and the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO), and is responsible for maximizing oil production from Iraq’s biggest oilfield. Since its establishment, ROO has delivered over three billion barrels of oil for Iraq, and increased its oil production 41% from 1.066 million barrels per day (bpd) in June 2010 to over 1.500 million bpd in 2018 (year to date average).

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9 October 2017
Rumaila production up 400mbd in 7 years
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05 June 2017
Efficiency drive boosts Rumaila production to record level
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27 March 2017
Rumaila supports local communities with water, training and health initiatives
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14 August 2016
New Health Centre opens for Al Khora village
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27 May 2016
Rumaila land-cleaning operation recovers 1.5 million barrels of oil
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15 November 2015
Construction begins for new Rumaila electricity plant to supply power into the grid
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12 August 2015
Rumaila Operating Organization celebrates five successful years of partnership
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