Rumaila’s quest for water key to record production

Future growth at Iraq’s largest oil field hinges on unresolved plans for meeting the project’s massive demand for new water supplies.
Workers at the Rumaila oil field on April 29, 2019. (SAMYA KULLAB/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq’s largest oil field, accounting for nearly one-third of the country’s total production, is poised to surpass 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) - but its growth hinges on a key resource: water.

"This is a water-management field," said Nick White, acting deputy general manager for the Rumaila Operating Organization (ROO), an umbrella entity that includes field operator BP, along with PetroChina and the state-owned Basra Oil Company (BOC).

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