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Iraq explores new partners for Nahr Bin Omar gas project

The Cabinet has authorized negotiations for a project to build 300 million scf/d of associated gas processing capacity at the Basra field.
A Basra Gas Company worker at the Nahr Bin Omar oil field takes part in the opening of a new pipeline sending gas to the national network on Jan. 12, 2017. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi-led consortium is negotiating a deal for capturing and processing gas at the Nahr Bin Omar field in Basra — the latest attempt by the Sudani administration to increase domestic energy supplies and reduce the wasteful flaring of associated gas that is produced along with crude oil.

Multiple officials at the state-run South Gas Company (SGC) said they were in talks with a private Iraqi entity called the Halfaya Gas Company. One industry official and one SGC official said Halfaya Gas Company is related to an Iraqi company called Raban al-Safina. (It was not immediately clear whether Halfaya Gas Company is a subsidiary of Raban al-Safina, or whether it is a consortium in which Raban al-Safina is a leading member.)

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