The first phase, which started up in June 2012, is producing 100,000 b/d of crude oil and 2.6 million cu m/day of natural gas (OGJ Online, June 27, 2012).
The second phase includes the drilling of 60 wells, laying of a 272-km trunk pipeline, and construction of a 5 million tonne/year crude processing center. The project, to be operational in the second quarter of 2014, will add 200,000 b/d of production.
Total production is to reach 600,000 b/d when the third phase is complete at the end of 2016, CNPC said.
PetroChina’s partners are Total E&P Iraq, Petronas Carigali, and South Oil Co.