Dana Gas PJSC, the Middle East’s leading private-sector natural gas company, and Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company, in their capacity as joint operators, have announced the completion of the rebuild of the LPG loading and dispatch facilities at the Kor Mor LPG Plant in Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The reconstruction and upgrading of the loading facilities at a cost of $15 million was carried out following an accident last year by a third party tanker operator, and incorporates the latest LPG loading safeguarding and control technology which provides for significant enhancement in the safety and control over the LPG loading process. The Kor Mor LPG Plant now has the capacity to produce up to 900 tonnes/day of LPG which is once again available to the Kurdistan Region and surrounding markets, and should give a further boost to the companies’ revenues.
Total Production and Investment Levels
Total cumulative petroleum production by the companies in their major gas operations in the Kurdistan Region has now reached 88 million barrels of oil equivalent from continuous production since October 2008 with a total investment on behalf of the partners in excess of US$1 billion, following agreements signed with the Kurdistan Regional Government for the Kor Mor and Chemchemal blocks in April 2007. This makes it the largest investment and highest cumulative production in the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas sector.
Daily production has reached a peak rate of 88,000 barrels oil equivalent per day (boepd), averaging 80,000 boepd, which includes 340 million cubic feet of gas per day and 15,000 barrels per day of condensate liquids, and there are plans for further expansion in investment and production levels, under discussion with the Ministry of Natural Resources.
In total, more than 415 billion cubic feet of gas and 18 million barrels of condensate and liquids have been produced by the companies since the start of production in 2008, with the gas supply to local power stations enabling 2,000 MW of new electricity generation for the Kurdistan Region. This has ensured almost continuous power supply for 4 million people in the Kurdistan Region, in contrast to the electricity crisis in other parts of Iraq, and provided close to US$10 billion of savings in fuel costs for the government, with annual savings of $3.3bn going forward and major environmental benefits in cutting greenhouse gas emissions while transforming and energizing the economic and social development of the entire region at the same time.
“We are proud to be the largest investors and producers in the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas sector, and this represents the confidence of the GCC investors in the policies of the Kurdistan Regional Government,” said Mr. Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum and Board Managing Director of Dana Gas. “The gas we produce has enabled billions of dollars of fuel cost savings for the government, and major economic and social benefits for the region as a whole. We look forward to further expansion of our investment and production in the region.”
Mr. Rashid Al-Jarwan, Executive Director and Acting CEO of Dana Gas, added: “The restoration of the full LPG capacity is another important milestone in our operations, and we thank the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources for their cooperation, as well as our contractors, partners and staff. We are working with the KRG and the Ministry to resolve the outstanding issues including the receivables, as soon as possible.”
The many notable technical achievements of the project include: achieving first gas in a record time of only 15 months, the installation of a 180km gas pipeline across challenging mountainous terrain that required the clearing of minefields; installation of new gas processing plant drilling successfully to tertiary reservoir formations at depths of 2,300 meters, importing and installing over 64,000 tonnes of equipment in over 3,500 truck-loads, with pipe material supplied from China and Thailand, and the state-of-the-art gas processing plant imported from the USA.
During the project’s construction phase, work opportunities were provided for over 2,000 Iraqi workers from all ethnic groups and sects, supported by expatriate workers from over 20 nationalities in the region and worldwide. Currently employing 460 full-time employees in the Kurdistan Region, the companies have successfully implemented a nationalization programme, already achieving over 80% local staff ratio in their operations while implementing a major training programme.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme
Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas have also implemented a corporate social responsibility programme to support the local communities, including most recently the support pledged to 1,000 orphans in the Kurdistan Region in the Anfal areas which were most badly affected by conflict during the past decades in partnership with the Barzani Foundation. In addition the companies have provided school supplies, drinking water treatment, generators and fuel enabling 24 hour electricity for the local villages, mobile medical units, and youth sports facilities. These initiatives are assisting the local communities in improving their standard of living, health, well-being, security and stability and the development of human capital in the Kurdistan Region.