Project Delays Smother Iraqi Capacity Growth
A combination of customs delays, bureaucracy and tough operating conditions is holding back Iraqi upstream growth. Delays to both the 175,000 b/d phase 1 of the Shell-led Majnoon project and the 40,000-60,000 b/d phase 1 of Gazprom’s Badra has prompted downward revisions of MEES estimates for Iraqi capacity for both 2013-2014.
MEES’ low scenario for effective Iraqi production capacity of 3.2mn b/d is...