Shell-led Basrah Gas Company (BGC; South Gas Company 51%, Shell 44%, Mitsubishi 5%) took FID this week on its phase-2 plan to add an additional 400mn cfd off gas processing capacity – a crucial boost to Iraq’s ambitions to end gas flaring by end-2021.

The JV will build two 200mn cfd NGL trains at Ar-Ratawi, as part of its push to invest $5bn in the project by 2022. This would boost BGC processing capacity from 1bn cfd to 1.4bn cfd, which is sufficient to process 95% of the output from the three “LR1” fields frim which it receives gas (Rumaila, Zubair and West Qurna-1). (CONTINUED - 265 WORDS)