Work has begun on third phase development of Iraq’s Halfaya oil field to double capacity to 400,000 b/d. Halfaya is operated by PetroChina (the listed arm of Chinese state CNPC, 45%) with Malaysia’s Petronas (22.5%), France’s Total (22.5%) and Iraqi state Missan Oil (MOC, 10%).

MOC on 25 April reported 2016 output from fields under its remit of 363,000 b/d, the bulk of which came from Halfaya. MOC Director General Adnan Noshi says work has begun on a 200,000 b/d central...