Iraq explores carbon credits to reduce gas flaring

A pilot project at the East Baghdad oil field cluster aims to use carbon credits to finance infrastructure to capture gas and reduce Iraq's carbon footprint.
A flare burns at the East Baghdad oil field. (KAMARAN NAJM/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq is moving ahead with plans to use carbon credits to fund energy infrastructure — a test of the government's ability to leverage a new source of financing to help reduce the ruinous impact of gas flaring at oil fields.

The first such project is planned for the East Baghdad cluster of oil fields, which is operated by China's EBS Petroleum: new gas processing infrastructure with the capacity to process up to 12 million standard cubic feet per day (scf/d) of so-called associated gas that is produced along with crude oil, according to an Oil Ministry statement.

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