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Baker Hughes to start Iraq drilling by next year
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Thursday, 06 Oct 2011

Reuters reported that Baker Hughes International is on track to start drilling in Iraq's giant West Qurna oilfield by early 2012.

Mr Khaled Nouh president of Baker Hughes' Middle East business said that "Drilling activities in Iraq will probably start toward the end of the fourth quarter or beginning of next year, depending on the customer's schedule. We have the rigs already so it is just up to customers to tell us when to start drilling we have already mobilized rigs, we are on track."

The US based company which opened an operations base in Basra in 2010 said in August 2011 it had won 2 year contract from the field operators to provide full drilling and completion services for 23 wells at West Qurna in southeast Iraq.

Russia's Lukoil and Norway's Statoil got the 20 year deal to develop the West Qurna Phase Two in a December 2009 auction, pledging to boost output to 1.8 million barrels per day in 6 years. The field has estimated reserves of 12.9 billion barrels.

Mr Nouh said that BHI's drilling activity in the Middle East would be mainly focused in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE for the rest of 2011 while Saudi Arabia and Iraq offer the highest potential for short to medium term growth.

(Sourced from Reuters)

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