Location: Majnoon Field. Basrah, Southern Iraq
Interests: Shell (operator and 45%) Petronas (30%) Iraq’s Missan Oil Company (25%)
Key contractors: Petrofac, Halliburton-Nabors-IDC
Production: First commercial production (FCP): 175 kbpd (100%), Shell peak production: >30 kbpd
On April 8, 2014, the Majnoon oilfield successfully exported its first shipment of crude oil to Shell trading, a significant milestone for the oilfield.
The achievement comes as production has reached a current average of 210,000 barrels of oil per day, well in excess of the 175,000 barrels per day first commercial production target.
On September 20, 2013, the first well had been successfully opened and production restarted at Majnoon. Shell Iraq Petroleum Development (SIPD) won the contract to develop the Majnoon oilfield on behalf of the Iraqi Government’s Southern Oil Company (SOC) in 2009.
Majnoon is one of the areas in the world most heavily contaminated with explosive remnants of war. The first stage of field development has involved clearing the area. During its construction phase the project has cleared over 22 square kilometres of land of explosives.
Safety is a top priority. In 2013, the project achieved 10 million man hours with no time lost due to injury. The Majnoon Training Centre, opened in 2013, helps develop health, safety and environment skills among workers.