Iraq’s South Gas Company has awarded Baker Hughes a contract for the design, manufacturing, delivery, construction and commissioning of a 200mn cfd natural gas processing facility to process associated gas from the Gharaf and Nasiriya oil fields in the south of the country. The contract with Baker Hughes’ Turbomachinery & Process Solutions division was revealed in the US company’s Q4 2020 earnings call on 21 January.

The deal is a major boost to Iraq’s effort to eliminate its costly gas flaring habit. Iraq flared around 1.33bn cfd of gas in 2020. However, it also underlines the slow progress Iraq has made in tackling the problem. The latest deal appears to replace a 2018 contract with Baker Hughes for the US firm to install a 200mn cfd modular plant to capture gas from the two fields (MEES, 3 August 2018). That plant had originally been slated for 2021 completion. Baker Hughes gave no timeframe for the new project. (CONTINUED - 1133 WORDS)