Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

Iraq: Oil exports and production not affected by protesters' shutdown of Nassiriya oilfield

A protester bands his mouth during a hunger strike for their demands as they continue their anti-government demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq on December 23, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]
A protester bands his mouth during a hunger strike for their demands as they continue their anti-government demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq on December 23, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]

Halting production from Iraq’s southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday by protesters will not affect the country’s exports and production operations, the oil ministry said on Sunday, according to a report by Reuters.

Iraq will use additional output from southern oilfields in Basra to make up for the missing shipments from Nassiriya field and the closure of field’s operations are temporary, the ministry said in a statement.

A senior manager at the state-run Basra Oil Co. said they can increase production from Majnoon southern and other small oilfields operated by the state-run company.

The incident marks the first time protesters have shut an entire oilfield, though they have blocked entrances to refineries and ports in the past.

Political unrest in Iraq creates loophole for terror groups to rise again: official

No foreign companies operate at the Nassiriya oilfield and state-run teams are managing the operations.

Production operations at Nassiriya, which produces 80,000-85,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), were stopped after protesters closed roads and prevented workers from reaching the field, said the ministry statement.

Protesters broke into Iraq’s southern Nassiriya oilfield on Saturday and forced employees to cut off electricity from its control station, taking the field offline.

Read: Iraq protesters reject ‘Iran backed’ Basra governor’s nomination as PM 

Categories
IraqMiddle EastNews
Show Comments
Show Comments