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Iraq oil field significantly exceeds production goal

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi oil field has been expanding production.


The West Qurna oil field has increased production from 244,000 to 285,000 barrels per day. The prime contractor, ExxonMobil Iraq, said the latest figure exceeded a 10 percent increase set in the contract for West Qurna.

ExxonMobil, with a 60 percent interest, has been partnered with the Iraq's state-owned South Oil Co. The two companies have been drilling and developing wells at West Qurna, Middle East Newsline reported.

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Iraq has sought to significantly increase crude oil production to at least four million barrels per day. ExxonMobil Iraq has been assigned the project to increase West Qurna production to 2.1 million barrels per day.

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