Key water project advances, promising to unlock new oil capacity

TotalEnergies and Basra Oil Company are fleshing out their vision for the long-delayed Common Seawater Supply Project.
Workers for the Iraqi state-run Oil Projects Company lay a pipeline at the Majnoon oil field in April 2024. (Photo credit: Oil Projects Company)

A multi-billion-dollar water supply project that is critical for boosting production at Iraq’s southern oil fields is beginning to take shape, with a first phase scheduled for completion in four years.

After more than a decade of delays, the Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP) is finally moving forward. It is one component of the $27 billion Gas Growth Integrated Project (GGIP), which Iraq finalized with France’s TotalEnergies last July.

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