Russia's Gazprom Neft announced Thursday that it has successfully completed testing on its second well at the Badra field in Iraq. Three tests on the well delivered an average daily flow rate of 10,000 barrels of oil per day – in line with forecasts – the firm said.
The completion of testing on two wells at the field will enable Gazprom Neft to begin commercial oil production there during the next few months, it said. Drilling work continues on a third well and drilling rigs are being mobilized to drill six additional wells as part of a contract signed in 2013 with Chinese firm ZPEC.
Meanwhile, Gazprom Neft said that the laying and testing of an oil pipeline from the Gharraf oilfield, connecting it to the main Iraqi pipeline system, was completed in February. Construction of the first phase of the central gathering station, with 60,000 barrel per year oil capacity, is almost complete. Work has also started on establishing a gas processing facility with a capacity of 53 billion cubic feet per year.
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