The Halfaya Gas company subsidiary of Iraqi conglomerate Rabina Al-Safina Group is rumored to have been given a contract to build a 300mn cfd gas processing project at Basra’s 50,000 b/d-capacity Nahr Bin Umar oil field. The firm, which has strong political connections and has been expanding its capabilities in recent years, has been in talks with state-firm South Gas Company (SGC) for some time (MEES, 28 April) after being recommended for the project by Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani’s office.

Iraqi media reported this week that Halfaya Gas was awarded the project on 29 August, and this was subsequently confirmed to MEES by an oil ministry source. Despite the lack of an official announcement, Halfaya Gas’ Lead Consultant on the project, Munir Buaziz, told local media that his firm plans to reach 300mn cfd gas processing capacity through two 150mn cfd phases. (CONTINUED - 291 WORDS)