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Qayarah field set to restart, with exports via Basra

The heavy oil field has been mostly offline for three years, but is scheduled to resume imminently with 30,000 bpd of production.
A wellhead at the Qayarah oil field. (Photo credit: Sonangol)

The Qayarah heavy oil field in Ninewa province is scheduled to restart within days and resume trucking to Basra's Khor al-Zubair port, after sitting mostly idle for three years.

One industry official familiar with the project said production will resume March 19 at 30,000 barrels per day (bpd), close to the field's current developed capacity of 35,000 bpd. A second industry official confirmed Friday that the re-start is scheduled for next week.

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