Iraq finally signed a long-awaited contract with US service firm Baker Hughes, a General Electric subsidiary, on 2 August. Under the deal, Baker Hughes will capture associated gas from the Nasiriya and Gharaf fields in Dhi Qar province that is currently flared. Gas will be captured through the use of a 200mn cfd modular gas processing plant at Nasiriya. An initial contract was penned more than a year ago in July 2017 (MEES, 21 July 2017).

Seeking to assuage local citizens who have joined nationwide protests, Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi stressed that the work would create 500 jobs and that curbing flaring would reduce pollution in the environs of the fields. (CONTINUED - 106 WORDS)