Qayarah field resumes production

After more than a year offline, the Ninewa province heavy oil field is producing about 10,000 bpd, with output trucked to Kirkuk.
A wellhead at the Qayarah oil field. (Photo credit: Sonangol)

BAGHDAD/ERBIL/KIRKUK - Production has resumed at the Qayarah heavy oil field in Ninewa province after a 14-month shut-in due to protests at export terminals, OPEC-plus output restrictions, and disputes over crude transport, according to four industry officials.

Production at Qayarah, which is operated by Angolan state oil company Sonangol, restarted at 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) and the crude is being trucked to Kirkuk, according to the industry officials. This is far below the field’s 30,000-plus bpd capacity.

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