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Iraq oil field drilling contract awarded

Contract has been won by a US-Chinese partnership

China’s Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group and US-based Schlumberger have been awarded an oilfield drilling contract in Iraq.

Zhongman said in a stock exchange statement that its wholly owned subsidiary Zhongman Petroleum Engineering Technology Service (Hong Kong) and Schlumberger Middle East have signed drilling project contract worth $24.5m for the Zubair oilfield in Iraq.

The contract is for a period of three years, according to the statement.

The Zubair oil field is a large crude oil repository, holding more than 4.5 billion barrels in proven reserves.

In August, Iraq signed a preliminary deal with state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) for the driling of 150 wells in the Buzurgan oil field in the country’s southeastern Maysan governorate.

Talks between Iraq Drilling Company (IDC) and CNOOC about the deal had been taking place for two years, but the contract signing was delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the contract, CNOOC will execute the drilling activity in two phases, the first of which involves the drilling of 71

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