Chevron, operator of the non-producing Sarta field (Chevron 50%op, Genel 30%, KRG 20%) in Iraqi Kurdistan, awarded a contract to Dubai’s Oilserv this week to build and operate a 20,000 b/d central processing facility, junior partner Genel confirmed in a 5 September release this week.

The partners took FID earlier this year on ‘phase 1A’ of the project and plan to bring the Sarta-2 and 3 wells (both tested at 7,500 b/d) in 2020 (MEES, 1 March). Once hooked up to the CPF, operators plan to drill a further well as part of an overall plan to invest $120mn in the first phase. Chevron told MEES in February that various export options implying initial volumes may be temporarily trucked while a spur pipeline is connected to the KRG’s export line to Turkey. (CONTINUED - 149 WORDS)