Iraq’s Gas Flaring Falls But Levels Remain Huge

Anglo-Dutch firm Shell is at the forefront of painstaking efforts to reduce Iraq’s massive gas flaring, which though at shockingly high levels fell back below 70% of gross output in January. The firm’s 2015 Annual Report, released 10 March, emphasized that in late-2015 it “brought a project onstream that captures gas from the Majnoon field in Iraq to help supply the domestic market.”

Gross Iraqi gas output rose to a record 2.666bn cfd in January, though with a massive 1.784bn cfd flared, sales gas is a much more modest 882mn cfd (see graph).

Sales gas is likely to hit new record highs in the coming months. Shell operates Majnoon with a 45% stake, and on 10 February the first associated gas from the project began flowing at a rate of 70mn cfd, making a modest but meaningful cut to flared volumes.


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