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Local electricity network modernization completed


Gazprom Neft Badra, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has completed modernization of power grids in the districts surrounding Badra oil field - the town of Badra, the villages of Zurbatiyah and Jassan and their adjacent areas.


The project was implemented throughout the years 2015 and 2016. Work on the electrification of Badra district involved installation of 59 transformers, 2,800 electricity pylons, 580 lamp posts, and more than 200 kilometres of aluminium conductors and suspension cables. According to Wasit province power supply authority, this is the most significant electricity reconstruction project ever undertaken in the province, which endowed the place with the best electricity infrastructure in the region.


Gazprom Neft Badra’s development programme for Badra field has involved the implementation of a major project for the development of the surrounding territory. In particular, following the commissioning of a complex gas treatment facility, most marketable output will be delivered by pipeline to Zubaidiya power plant 100 kilometres south—east of Baghdad — significantly increasing energy production in Iraq and playing a major role in ensuring stable electricity supplies to several provinces throughout the country. In addition to which, dry commercial gas will be used to supply the field’s own gas-turbine power plant (GTPP), meeting all electricity consumption at the Gazprom Neft Badra residential complex and ensuring sustainable power supply of the city of Badra and its surroundings.

Gazprom Neft Badra has already implemented a number of major social initiatives in Wasit Province throughout 2015 and 2016, like refurbishment of the Badra city hospital and installing modern medical equipment in it, as well as procuring two emergency ambulances. Gazprom Neft Badra also provided computers to local schools and constructed three new school building in Badra, Zurbatiyah and Jassan.


Pre-commissioning activities are currently ongoing at Badra gas treatment facility. The plant  with production capacity of 1.6 billion cubic meters, is designed for compression, treatment and dehydration of associated petroleum gas (APG). With the commissioning of all gas infrastructure, the level of APG utilization at Badra field is expected to reach 99 percent. The gas treatment facility will supply Al-Zubaida power plant (100 kilometres south-east of Baghdad), as well as the station’s own 123.5 MW-capacity gas-turbine power plant (GTPP).

Denis Sugaipov, CEO, Gazpromneft-Razvitiye LLC, commented: “Development of the Badra field is being undertaken in the context of increasing economic collaboration between Russia and Republic of Iraq, and holds a special place in Gazprom Neft’s asset portfolio. Badra is the first international project to be undertaken exclusively by Gazprom Neft. On the basis of 2016 results, oil production at Badra field will reach almost three million tonnes. That’s a record-breaking performance for one of the company’s international subsidiaries.”

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