Iraq’s Basrah Gas Company (BGC: state-owned South Gas Company 51%, Shell 44%, Mitsubishi 5%), which processes associated gas from Iraq’s key southern oil fields, started exports of semi-refrigerated LPG from its Um Qasr jetties on 20 June. BGC MD Malcolm Mayes says that the ability to export semi-refrigerated as well as pressurized LPG will enable BGC’s LPG exports to triple by entering new “semi-refrigerated markets.” BGC has 1bn cfd gas processing capacity in the oil and gas heartlands of Basra province. The company’s Um Qasr facility is Iraq’s only NGL storage and export hub and can handle 4,000 t/d of LPG.