Crude production capacity in Iraq’s Misan Province has doubled in the last 18-months to around 230,000 b/d, MEES learns. But further rises are being blocked by bottlenecks in transportation infrastructure and these this will not improve until mid-2014 at the earliest.

Production at the CNPC-led Halfaya field is running at 106,000 b/d, while at the Misan cluster of fields (Buzorgan, Fawqa and Abu Ghirab), being developed by fellow Chinese state firm, CNOOC, it stands at around 110,000 b/d. Six wells are currently being drilled at Halfaya, the main driver of the recent output surge, with rigs from Chinese drillers Daqing and Bohai. (CONTINUED - 406 WORDS)