Iraq calls for hydrocarbon exploration of offshore patches in the Gulf
This came in a statement by the head of the National Oil Company and Minister of Oil Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar on the sidelines of his attendance at the workshop on studying plans for developing offshore blocks, which was organized by the Oil Exploration Company in cooperation with the Chinese company CNOC.
"It is necessary to expedite the exploration operations and conduct seismic surveys of the marine patch in the Gulf after completing all necessary procedures for maritime work with the concerned authorities," Abdul-Jabbar said in a statement received by Shafak News Agency.
He added, "It is necessary to start work procedures according to the study presented and to determine the points of exploration work in the offshore part of the patch carried out by the Chinese company (Cinoc), in addition to expediting the work of seismic surveys for the land part carried out by the Oil Exploration Company," noting that "the operations of Exploration and development of hydrocarbon patches supports the ministry’s plans to increase and sustain national production, especially that the national oil is working to intensify offshore exploration activity.
For his part, Director General of the Oil Exploration Agency, Basem Muhammad Khudair, said that "exploration operations in the offshore patch, in its marine and land parts, will be through conducting seismic surveys, after which an exploratory well will be drilled in the offshore part, and an exploratory well in the land part."
While the representative of the Chinese company Cinoc (Vincent Xie) confirmed that the agreement concluded with Iraq is an agreement for a joint study on the marine exploration patch with its marine and land parts, which is the beginning of building joint relations between the company and Iraq.
He noted that "the study that was reviewed during the workshop consists of two parts, the first marine and will be carried out by (CNOOC), and the second on land, which will be carried out by the Oil Exploration Company," stressing that "there is a joint working team from both sides to achieve the study and reach fruitful results."
In the year 2021, several meetings were held with the Chinese company to resume work on the study, and the area covers an area of 650 km2, including the land part with an area of 120 km2 and the marine part with an area of 530 km2.
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