Key facts

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

Fields: Majnoon

Production: First commercial production (FCP): 175 kbpd (100%), Shell peak production: >30 kbpd

Current developments

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.

Separators at Majnoon Central Processing Facility


Shell developed a new approach for removing mines using heavily-armoured bulldozers and loaders. During its construction phase, over 12,000 items were cleared and destroyed.

We have also introduced existing and new technologies for areas including well design, drilling and completion, industrial safety and environmental protection.

Environment and society

Around 2,500 Iraqis (some 75% of the workforce) worked in the field at the peak of construction. Many contracts have been awarded to local suppliers. Shell also helps local people gain the skills they need for jobs and supports vocational training for young Iraqis. Together with humanitarian organisations and supervised by the Ministry of Education, Shell has supported a women’s literacy programme.

Before starting the project, we carried out an impact assessment that included consulting with local communities. We continue to work closely together and have helped develop the area near to our operations. This includes restoring a local football field, now used by 32 young Iraqi teams. 

In May 2011 Shell Iraq Petroleum Development and the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, launched an initiative that trains female volunteers to provide education and support to families. We also provided medical equipment and staff training in the Al Nashwa clinic.

Shell has introduced a driver training programme that trains locals to then pass on their knowledge. It launched a road safety awareness campaign for around 5,000 children in primary and secondary schools. A further boost to road safety came from Shell re-opening the Shatt Al-Arab to commercial traffic for the first time in more than 30 years, taking freight trucks off the roads. 

Working with partners Wetlands International and Nature Iraq, Shell completed a biodiversity action plan in Al-Huwaizeh Marsh. The marsh is home to threatened species and is a feeding area for migrating birds. In addition, Shell signed an agreement with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to support environmental conservation and management in Southern Iraq.

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