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Iraq rebounds from temporary oil field outages

The West Qurna 2 field is scheduled to return from maintenance sooner than expected, and the Nassiriya field is back online a week after protest-related disruptions.
The West Qurna 2 field on Aug. 3, 2017. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Iraq appears to be overcoming temporary outages at two southern oil fields and avoiding major disruptions to its overall oil production.

The West Qurna 2 field — whose roughly 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) went offline starting Feb. 21 due to planned maintenance — is now scheduled to restart operations on March 9, according to a senior official at the state-run Basra Oil Company (BOC), which is sooner than previously expected. A senior official at the field said the restart date is more likely March 12.

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