On 31 May, Gazprom Neft began production at the Badra oilfield in Iraq, Gazprom Neft’s press office said on June 2. The central gathering station (CGS) is currently undergoing complex testing of its crude oil processing system. Testing will be completed in three months once enough oil has been accumulated for commercial production to begin. The Badra field will then be ready to reach planned production levels of 15 thousand barrels per day.
New infrastructure for the field’s commercial development has been put in place. The CGS’s first line has been constructed with a capacity of 60 thousand barrels per day and in March 2014 the Badra field was connected to the 165–kilometre-long main Iraqi oil pipeline system. Production in the field will reach its peak of 170 thousand barrels per day (around 8.5 million tonnes per year) in 2017 and then remain the same for a period of 7 years.
Source: Gazprom Neft Press Office, 2014